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Close Relationships with Others

Being close to other people is a natural part of being human. Closeness between people can be emotional. People share stories and ideas with their friends and coworkers. They have private conversations with their husbands and wives. Closeness can also be physical. People show affection through their bodies. Hugging and holding hands is common for families and for people in sexual relationships. All people have desires. They want to have a close relationship with other people they care about. They want to feel pleasure. Some couples want to have a baby together.

Nursing assistants care for many different types of patients and residents. They talk to many coworkers and visitors in their care facilities. They meet couples of men and women. They meet couples of the same gender. Sometimes friends get to know one another at a care facility and fall in love. Nursing assistants should check with their supervisors about how to handle these situations.

Nursing assistants care for residents and patients with different types of relationships. They see children hug their grandparents and friends holding hands. They see couples hug and kiss when they greet each other.

Being close with others can help a nursing assistant’s residents and patients feel happier and healthier.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners