Typically I work with elderly people but was called in to a case with a client who's regular caregiver couldn't be there and he had previously cycled through caregivers that he didn't like, so they asked me if I'd be willing to take the shift. Aside from location and time I didn't get much info but accepted regardless. If I'm going to work with a client for more than one shift, I selectively (name, health concerns, and tasks) read their care plan as to not make any preconceived notions about our interactions, since mine are often, very different from previous caregivers. This client was very different from my previous clients, only a few years off my own age, positive, very engaging. We instantly connected on a level that is uncommon for a caregiver client relationship. We talked about it and both agreed that we make really good friends, and enjoy each other's company and interactions. We are similar in a lot of aspects and we have fun. Over the few days I was with him we became rather good friends, and he expressed interest in maintaining a level of friendship after our professional interactions end. I would love to be friends with this infectiously positive person that I came to be pretty close with in the brief time we worked together. I know there are rules about stuff like that but don't exactly know what they are. My company, even in it's name, targets seniors. I understand the ideaology behind not having a friendship with seniors, as often unpredictable things happen and it's important to not get attached, but personally I don't see any problem with two adults who are similar in age and demographics can't both agree to be friends after care. I do acknowledge though that everything is red through Rose colored glassed.
Why does making friends as an adult have to be so complicated?