Your mother has been dealing with a number of serious health issues as of late. Recently she was hospitalized once again. She may spend a few days or even a couple of weeks there and maybe she was discharged and sent to a nursing home for two weeks before she finally returned home. Now, as she is home once again, you have been helping her but she’s also been relying on a home care aide.
She has been prescribed a number of medications. You keep reminding her to take them, and you assumed when you hired that home care aide she would give them to your mother without question. However, you’ve come to understand she hasn’t been doing that.
This home care aide has only been reminding your mother to take her medications, but she has been refusing at times. She is confused or doesn’t trust those medications. So why isn’t this home care aide doing her job?
She is not licensed.
She is doing her job, but most likely the caregiver is not licensed and certified to administer medications. If a person is not licensed and certified to administer medications, they can’t even touch the prescription bottle. They can offer reminders, but that’s it.
It’s against the law.
The law is very clear on this. You, even as a family member, are not legally permitted to administer medications. ‘Administering’ medications is the process of taking out a pill, ointment, or liquid, handing it to the individual, and making sure they take it.
If it’s not permitted by law, you can’t force a home care aide to do this.
They can bring water and offer reminders.
That’s about it. If that’s not enough, and your mother flat out refuses to even take certain medications throughout the day, you may need to consider hiring a visiting nurse. A licensed and certified nurse would certainly be able to administer those medications. If your mother is relying on an IV for medication, then a visiting nurse would almost invariably be required to change the IV.
A home care aide or other caregiver can’t even talk to a pharmacist.
HIPPA laws clearly state there is privacy for your mother with regard to her medical information. If she doesn’t give permission for a home care aide to discuss any aspect of her health or medications she’s taking with anyone else, they can’t do so.
There are enough home care options available to help your mother in this situation, most notably relying on a visiting nurse and home care aides.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Delray Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620.
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