Monday, August 20, 2018

Can Patient-Centered Care Include a Stripper Performance? (Video 1:17)

Wikipedia defines stripper as a person whose occupation involves performing striptease in a public adult entertainment venue such as a strip club and who may be hired to perform at a bachelor party or other private event. Should a nursing home be considered as a private event place where a stripper should be allowed to perform if consenting residents vote to have one?

The nursing home in question was sued by the family of an elderly resident who the family said had partial dementia. The resident was photographed placing money in the male stripper’s shorts. According to management, a 16-member committee of residents voted to have the stripper come and perform there and that no residents were required to attend. Management said that the activity was not considered harmful.

The brief video below gives a general summary of what happened. While all comments are welcome, the main focus of this post is on the stripper performance being at the nursing home. The words “patient-centered ” are often used to describe a patient-provider partnership that considers decisions based on patients’ preferences within reason. My question to readers is, “Should residents at a nursing home who knowingly choose to have a stripper perform for them be allowed to do so?”

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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