We have all had those times in public where we’ve seen people not being treated well by those around them. Many of these instances occur when one individual is taking care of another, such as a parent with a child or a caregiver with a client. It is a natural reaction for us to judge the caretaker even when we don’t understand the whole situation and what has led to it. Of course, we end up seeing things differently or more clearly when we find ourselves in the role of caretaker and we, ourselves, have to learn how to handle problems in a professional manner.
Many vulnerable people, including elderly clients, will act in a way that reflects their desire for freedom and they may have unhealthy caregiver boundaries.
How do we handle this appropriately?
Most individuals have an idea of what is right or wrong, but there will always be variation—or put another way, a situation is rarely black or white. The best way to minimize the occurrence of these tough situations is to know where each person’s boundaries lie. If we have a clear idea of our beliefs and what we are willing to deal with, as well as what the other individual expects of the situation, then we will be able to stand our ground more effectively when a client is acting inappropriately. Also, knowing what unhealthy boundaries and behaviors look like is crucial to being able to respond quickly and appropriately when a situation arises.
A person with unhealthy boundaries and behaviors can demonstrate these characteristics:
Of course, if we recognize these characteristics and the potential for tough situations to arise, we must know how to handle them:
We are all human and we make mistakes, but as caregivers and personal care assistants in Anchorage, Alaska, our responsibility is to understand boundaries and set guidelines and practices in place to protect our clients, and ourselves. Contact us today to learn more about hiring a personal care assistant Anchorage, Alaska and the surrounding area trusts.