My 85 yo mom lives alone with her dog. I come over almost daily, but she is lonely. Her friends all live in different cities far away. She rejects going to a senior center for activity and interaction. I suggest that she call or write to her longtime best friends, but she can no longer self-start, and when I offer to help, she says no. I would love to contact a few of her pals and let them know what is going on dementia-wise so they can write snail mail to her without expecting a reply. However, as a former healthcare worker, I am very cognizant of HIPPA. Thoughts?
It will hurt no one and could bring mom much joy and make her feel less lonely.
And I wouldn't give up on trying to get your mom to go to an Adult Daycare Center, as most folks that go there love it.
Most places allow you to bring folks on a trial basis. She won't know if she likes it if she never gives it a try. They do such a great job with those that attend. You couldn't ask for better.
HIPAA only applies to covered entities and their business associates.
It does not pertain to private individuals that I can find.
We even see frequent posts here from siblings that are not updated on health information by POA sibling.
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