Sexual Consent Capacity Among Older Adults in Long Term Care: An Approach to AssessmentJennifer Hillman*
Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, Berks College, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jennifer Hillman
Pennsylvania State University, Berks
College Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
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Received date: September 23, 2016; Accepted date: October 05, 2016; Published date: October 08, 2016
Citation: Hillman J (2016) Sexual Consent Capacity Among Older Adults in Long Term Care: An Approach to Assessment. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 5:346. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000346
Copyright: © 2016 Hillman J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Long-term care providers often face the challenging task of balancing an older resident’s rights to autonomy and privacy regarding participation in sexual activity with their duty to protect all residents. When an older adult has some degree of cognitive impairment, the assessment of sexual consent capacity becomes even more challenging. In response, a comprehensive, objective, and interdisciplinary approach to assessment, that includes knowledge, reasoning, and voluntariness, is recommended. An understanding of individual state’s case laws is also important. Some unique aspects of sexual consent capacity, aside from medical and financial consent capacity, are also identified.