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Professional Boundaries

A PCA cooking for a client in a wheelchair PCA Boundaries

If you are a PCA boundaries are important.  These guidelines are for your safety as well as the safety of the person.

You may not:

  • Accept gifts or money from the person receiving services or from family members
  • Borrow money, cars, equipment or anything else from the person receiving services or from family members
  • Buy any possessions from the person receiving services or from family members
  • Have a romantic or sexual relationship with the person receiving services or with immediate family members
  • Loan money to the person receiving services or their family members
  • Sell items of any kind to the person receiving services or to family members
  • Sexually harass the person receiving services or family members
  • Verbally, physically, financially or sexually abuse the person receiving services or their family members

Signs of boundary issues in the working relationship include:

  • Offers of gifts
  • Person receiving services makes unreasonable requests
  • Speaking negatively about other workers

If you feel there are boundary issues with the person, talk to your Qualified Professional (QP).  Addressing these issues early can help stop boundary violations.