UK Care home hires pole dancers to keep elderly residents entertained
London, Feb. 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A care home in Dorset, United Kingdom has hired pole dancers to keep its elderly residents entertained.
Pictures from the latest performance show residents watching the dancers acrobatically spin around a metal pole in sports bras and knickers.
It’s been branded ‘inappropriate’ by local councillors, who said they were ‘staggered’ by the choice of entertainment.
But bosses at Fairmile Grange home in Christchurch, Dorset, defended its decision to hire the dancers, the youngest being 10-years-old.
Izzy Nicholls, operations and quality director for Encore Care Homes, which runs Fairmile Grange, said: ‘At Fairmile Grange, 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.’
She added that Encore Care Homes is ‘proud to challenge stereotypes and will continually offer our residents the choice to experience appropriate, new and progressive activities
However, Councillor Peter Hall said it is ‘inappropriate’ to see pole dancers in a care home. ‘It’s not really the sort of entertainment I would have thought that the residents wanted or would have encouraged,’ he said.
Councillor Denise Jones added: ‘I’m a bit staggered about it. While I’m always delighted to see the horizons of older people widened, I’m not sure that includes pole dancing.’
Melissa Duke said: ‘If the residents were happy and enjoyed it, what business is it of others?’
Laura Pashen said: ‘It’s no different to the circus acts you see when they are in a ring instead of on a pole. It’s not sexual it’s a dance and skills performance.’ Tracey Gordon added: ‘Now this is the type of care home I want to be in in my final years!’
A spokesperson for Dorset County Council said they were not aware of any concerns regarding the care home.