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Monday Morning Motivation | Rescuing Patients

Posted by William Esteb on

William D Esteb

Is part of being a professional caregiver the obligation to save patients from themselves?

Patients aren’t usually inclined to stop you from your good intentions. So, the question is, do you have the extra capacity to be invested in the life choices made by someone who is merely able to dial the phone and book an appointment? Without an inspection of their home? Without an exploration of the particular physical, chemical or emotional stressors they face? Without the ability to monitor (or control) what they put in their mouths? Or the amount of sleep or exercise they get? Without being able to control the countless decisions they make between each visit?

Attempting to show up as their parent (or conscience) is usually a sign you’ve stepped over a boundary. It’s one of many signs that you may care about their health more than they do. Next stop? Anger. Then burnout.

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