The intervention(s) for sexual inappropriate behaviour will vary depending on the actual behaviour.
Factors to be considered include:
- How significant is the behaviour?
- How much of a risk does the behaviour pose?
Step one is ensuring the individual receives a clear message about what is and is not appropriate with what they’re doing.
Some sexual behaviour may not be appropriate in public, but may be appropriate in the privacy of a bedroom behind a closed door. Direction, providing structure and feedback may, in some situations, be enough to diminish the behaviour.
Sending a consistent message is important. This is a difficult and complex area especially in a nursing home or long-term care environment where some staff may be extremely uncomfortable with ‘any kind’ of sexual comment from a resident – others may laugh it off. Ensuring the person receives a consistent message will help.