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Professional Boundaries

A PCA cooking for a client in a wheelchair Boundaries for family members and friends

If you are a PCA, you must be careful to guard the person’s privacy.  You must have a professional manner while carrying out PCA services.   If you are a family member or friend and the PCA this could be more difficult and challenging.

For example, parents often tell stories about their children: “When Johnny was two, he would not go to bed without his stuffed blue dog.”

This story may or may not cause Johnny (who is now 30) a bit of embarrassment, but his parents love to tell it.  If you were a PCA to Johnny when he was two, you would not be able to share that tale if putting him to bed was a task you performed.  Telling the story would be a violation of Johnny’s privacy.