The policy reflects the values and principles of respecting diversity, equality, human rights and non-discrimination in line with current legislation such as the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. No person is excluded from the policy on the grounds of any gender or transgender, disability or sexual orientation.
Service users have the right — often denied to older people and people with disabilities — to develop and maintain intimate personal and sexual relationships and to engage in sexual activity that is within the law and does not cause significant offence to others.
In a care home, the accommodation, care practice and other arrangements should facilitate the operation of this right, and information and guidance should be available if needed to help service users remain safe and healthy, enjoy pleasurable experiences and take appropriate decisions for themselves in this area of their lives.
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