Accepting Christmas Gifts from Elderly Clients
So as long as these thoughtful glad tidings have minimal monetary value and are merely a token of their gratitude to you for the compassion and outstanding support you’ve shown them throughout the year... then who are we to refuse?
|Your typical Christmas loot - merely a days worth, this lot|
(minus the ones that were polished off in the car...!)
Well I’m sorry, but the world has most certainly lost all reason and gone stark raving PC mad!
The sad fact of the matter being that there are Aged-Carers among us, efficient and caring they may be... but it could be suggested that theyve' become so bound up in procedure and guidelines and BEING RIGHT all the time, that they've lost sight of the big caring Christmassy picture!
So much so, that they are willing to offend dear old Mrs Sugarplum by declining the humble pre-boxed, pre-wrapped supermarket-brand mini Christmas cake that she bought on special (five for $10 at Woollies) in order to have on hand to pass out to each of her various carers as they front up for duty over the Silly Season. Instead, she's informed (with double efficiency) that although the gesture is appreciated, carer's are not permitted to accept gifts from their clients as it is against company policy.
It hasn't once crossed Mrs Sugarplum's mind that by giving this small token of her apreciation that it might encourage her carer, to perform extra duties or that preferential treatment would be on offer next time when the carer visited.
For goodness sake... you already CARE! How is a box of turkish delights going to make you care any harder?
In fact, it's almost an act of not caring if you DON'T accept it!!
|How can FUN STICKS be a bad thing?|
Social etiquette and commonsense dictates that you should at least go through the "Oh no, I couldn't" routine and that they shouldn't have"... and that they don't have to give you something just because it's Christmas because after all it IS your job and you ARE getting paid to be there.
I'm telling you now: they will insist... you will accept (eventually)... and both of you will be left feeling gratified, valued and maybe even a little, dare I say it... JOLLY?
So this Christmas when the seasonal prezzies from your doting elderly clients come rolling in (and you can bet your jingly bells they will), for starters be pleased that they think enough of you to want to give you something to begin with. Then as you blatantly poo-poo your employer's close-minded rules by accepting the nice gift or a cute chrissy card (sometimes containing a very touching hand-written sentiment - so make sure you check)...smile as you look your client in the eye, express a good dollop of genuine thanks - and feel guilt-free as your waist band expands even further from all the goodies you're about to gorge!
As a side note, I have to admit that I've found some of these contraband treats very much come in handy for one's own 're-gifting' purposes... and don't try and tell me you hadn't thought of it!
In particluar, those icky licorice allsort wotsits that I seem to get a lot of - my great-aunt Becky will be the lucky winner there!
And anyway, news flash people...guess where your seemingly generous client got that lovely box of chockies from (with an expiry date of June 1982) in the first place!!
Merry Christmas, Fatties.