Special clients and patients need special care and as our clientele begins to age there appears that there is always something more than just their skin care needs that require addressing. Aesthetic advocates are good at spotting differences in their clients / patients from one treatment session to the next. They are highly observant and encourage their clients / patient’s to pursue further wellness care through the proper channels whenever they can sense that it is indicated. For example: a client / patient of an aesthetic advocate may have lost sudden interest in things that they once deeply enjoyed. Or, a patient of ours may have complained of experiencing bouts of chronic depression when they have not had any prior history of melancholy. In another instance, a client or a patient may have brought up that he or she was feeling unexplained aches and pains and feeling fatigued without cause. Those of us who consider ourselves to be aesthetic advocates are just naturally more alert to such changes in both the mental and physical well-being of our clients / patients. In addition, we are better versed in interpersonal dynamics and pride ourselves on having a greater understanding of the practices and principles of other related treatment providers. By thinking like an advocate we can proactively plan the proper type of aesthetic interventions that will contribute and help sustain our client’s and patient’s other aims at fully caring for themselves. Aesthetic advocates support all those who are working for the purpose of ensuring all aspects of their clients / patients well-being are met. As aesthetic advocates, we take the extra measures and commit to the extra time required to gathering enough information to discuss a wide spectrum of additional wellness resources. When necessary, an aesthetic advocate will re-work their original treatment plan to accommodate their clients or patients if subsequent treatments are indicated to meet the needs of their overall care. Aesthetic advocacy requires network building and involves inviting reputable parties to become part of their advocacy group. Prior to becoming an aesthetic advocate a professional must establish common ground with other therapeutic providers – sharing values and beliefs and agreeing on treatment aims. They must be alert to conditions beyond the scope of their expertise and be prepared to recommend relevant cross-care treatment solutions that will link their clients / patients to the appropriate providers by being aware of the essential skills and therapeutic applications that are compulsory to their client’s and patient’s condition.
Aesthetic Advocacy Core Principles are as follows: Aesthetic advocates like to search for and find resources that will help improve their clients / patients wellness. Aesthetic advocates work with their clients and patients – encouraging better self-care, not doing things for them but with them. Aesthetic advocates support and respect their clients and patients informed choices regarding their issues or problems and believe that they have the right to make the final decisions as to how they are going to handle their situation themselves. Aesthetic advocates never make their clients or patients feel obligated to them for the additional resources they provide. And, most importantly, they never feel as if they are better than the people they serve nor, do they become aesthetic advocates just for the sake of claiming that they are. Areas for further research include but should not be limited to: networking groups that focus on the special needs of persons and how to become better caregivers, advocacy care networks, Sharing the Care groups in your community, family support groups, respite care resources, building better caregiver workshops, Easter Seals, Wounded Warriors, Caregiving Across the States and any group that offers programs that better help us understand how to develop care plans overall. Be sure to see the National Resource Directory for an unlimited number of resources.