Pole dancing – in an aged care home? Bring it on 

A UK aged care home made headlines around the world last week. Why? News emerged residents had been treated to a pole-dancing performance from a local dance group – an act labelled “inappropriate” by local councillors, who said they were “staggered” by the choice of entertainment. 

This is a picture of the performance – the dancers are wearing regular dance clothes like leotards, shorts and crop tops.  

But even if they had been wearing something more risqué, why should anyone else care if residents enjoyed the performance? 

Forget about bingo 

We need to rid ourselves of this ageist idea that older people don’t know their own mind. 

Residents chose the pole-dancing activity themselves from a list of options because they wanted “more modern activities”. They were also given the choice of whether they wanted to attend. 

Most of us worry about going into aged care – because we imagine we will lose our independence and no longer be able to make decisions for ourselves as we have always done. 

So anything that gives residents more choices – and lets them maintain their interests and hobbies when they enter aged care – has got to be a good thing. 

Encore Care Homes, which runs the home, says they will continue to “offer residents a chance to experience appropriate, new and progressive activities.” 

Sound like the kind of home I’d want to be in. 

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Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian Horswill

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Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Jill Donaldson

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Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

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Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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Annie Donaldson

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Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.