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How to maintain professional boundaries in home and community care work

How to maintain professional boundaries in home and community care work
All formal working relationships need rapport and trust to function well. This is particularly relevant to the relationship between an individual and the person/s who are employed to provide them with home care – carers or support workers. It is certainly important that the carer makes sure client’s feel at ease with approaching and relating to them – but it is equally important that the lines don’t become blurred.
This relationship between an individual and their carer, should never come at the expense of maintaining clear professional boundaries. Successful and ethical working relationships are based on a clear understanding of what the carers role is – and just as importantly – what their role isn’t. The work is personal – but carers have to maintain professional boundaries. These boundaries protect the worker from burn out – AND protect the client from having a staff member encroaching on their private affairs.
So here are some guidelines for appropriate boundaries: