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Topic: Trust and Boundaries
2016-05-02 10:32:40
Rosemunda Posts: 2
Joined: 2014-04-25
Trust and boundaries- what is your comfort level with paid care providers? Since last September my husband and I have experienced a frequent change of respite workers. Several of these individuals have shown they they ‘just don't get it’... my husband has impaired judgement. He has dementia. Without input from me, there has been direct contact via email, acceptance of a non-monetary gift on a first visit (this has happened twice), and most upsetting for me a ‘friending’ on Facebook.
I know that my spouse is vulnerable online. He has been victim of a $200 extortion scam. But in what world is it o.k. for a PSW to violate privacy and cross professional boundaries in such a blatant way? Do I have the energy for continued vigilance over those individuals who are supposed to be giving me a break from caregiving?
Is there a bigger issue here? What has been your experience?

2016-05-02 10:32:40
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
Joined: 0000-00-00
Thanks so much for your comment Rosemunda. This is a very important issue. Even if someone's intentions are completely innocent, there needs to be clear and set boundaries, expectations and education around what is appropriate and what is not. People with cognitive are so vulnerable. Thanks so much for sharing this. I wonder if anyone else has experienced something similar - or had the complete opposite experience?

2016-05-05 15:21:18