1. ITV Report

Dorset care home criticised for pole dancing entertainment

A care home in Dorset has been criticised for providing entertainment for its residents in the form of pole dancers.

But the Fairmile Grange care home in Christchurch has defended its decision to offer "more modern-style activities" at the request of residents and relatives.

Several choices of activity were on offer and those that wished to watch, saw a display to music from the 50s and 60s.

We always give our residents choice at Encore Care Homes. At Fairmile Grange, our care home in Christchurch, relatives and residents requested more modern-style activities."

"Residents were given several choices of activity and specifically chose for a local pole dancing company to perform. Those residents that wished to be involved, welcomed Pole Dancing Factory, which saw talented dancers showcase a display of fitness and strength to music from the 50s and 60s."

"Pole dancing is a provisionally recognised sport by the Global Association of International Sports Federation and is working towards becoming a recognised Olympic sport. This performance sport combines dance and acrobatics; requiring great physical strength and endurance."

"Dementia residents and non-dementia residents all thoroughly enjoyed this artistic display of musicality and gymnastic ability – and the showcase received overwhelming positive feedback from relatives."

"We are proud to challenge stereotypes and will continually offer our residents the choice to experience appropriate, new and progressive activities.”

– Izzy Nicholls, Operations & Quality Director, Encore Care Homes

Each care home will have their own policies/ways of working in terms of leisure/entertainment activities. In terms of our regulatory approach, making sure that people’s individual needs and wellbeing are being met is key."

"With regards to Pole Crazy, their website and FB page seems to market them as a providing a fitness activity. Our inspection team have spoken to the registered manager of Fairmile Grange who have informed us that the entertainers were wearing gymnastic clothing and people had a choice whether or not to attend the show."

– Engagement Team, Care Quality Commission