Day 1, 1:30pm – Keynote
“It is not a shortcoming in a Supporter if she does not become a friend after her time with your family member. However, not providing good connections to others, not leaving something good behind when she leaves, and allowing her relationship with them to impede other relationships from developing IS a shortcoming”
With these provocative words, Janet Klees opens her keynote about the essential support roles in individualised lifestyle arrangements. The essential role of the paid supporter is to be a bridge to relationship -a unique role that cannot be performed if the supporter is seen as friend.
A coordinator of such arrangements needs to be a principled thinker, who understands and guides the role of supporter as bridge, and be able to model the effective implementation strategies. She needs to be able to imagine the possibility of natural supports as well as how to shape them.