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Arbors Assisted Living to host continuing education event

Feb. 27, 2014 |

WESTFIELD – The Arbors Assisted Living at Westfield is hosting a Continuing Education event to help professional healthcare providers identify warning signs of crossed boundaries on March 11. The program will discuss and identify strategies to help provide a safe connection between the caregiver and patient while maintaining professional boundaries. Presented by Hospice Services of Western Massachusetts, “Maintaining a Professional Distance” offers one continuing education credit for nurses and social workers. The event will take place at the Arbors at 8 a.m. on March 11. There is no charge for healthcare professionals to attend and breakfast will be provided. Contact Sondra Jones at The Arbors Assisted Living at Westfield at 562-0001. Professional caregivers spend a great deal of time with patients and their families making it easy to blur the line between professional and personal relationships. Caregivers often learn personal or intimate information from patients and may also be tempted to share their own personal information. Maintaining a professional distance is paramount for caregivers to be able to keep the patient’s best interests a priority. Keeping appropriate professional boundaries helps both the patient and the caregiver by allowing the relationship to remain therapeutic rather than social, and centered on the patient’s care. The Arbors Assisted Living at Westfield is a residential community for seniors that offers a full array of personal care and household services in the privacy of their own spacious studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments. Hospice Services of Western Massachusetts is a community-based hospice providing quality end-of-life care for patients residing in Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire, Franklin, and Worcester counties.

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