We have a caregiver/sitter from an agency, an its not cheap! $19.50 an hr. For 4 hrs 5 days a wk. She has worked in my parent's home since Nov. 2018. My parent's also have a Home Health Agency and their nurse has been coming 3x a day for diabetic shots since they moved to their apartment (July 2018). Well I have discovered some probable HIPPA violations.
First, let me say my Father is not well and has taken a turn for worse 10 days ago. Hospice is coming Thurs for face to face and Daddy will be moved to a Group Home. He is now bed ridden. We all are very upset. Tired. Stressed. Especially me. I'm having to take care of everything as Sister lives in another city and works full time.
Now back to HIPPA. Dad has been with this H.H. agency for 7 yrs. And had different nurses throughout. Especially when they have moved. Well they moved AGAIN (I had to move them) July 2018 to a handicapped nice apartment. So new H.H. nurse, same agency. This "Nurse" has been slobby, leaving syringes (used) laying out. Insulin bottle left out (we refrigerate), lancet tops on floor that roll and I stepped on 1 and foot rolled, (so made plastic container and labeled it for testing trash), dropped a brand new vial of Lantus ($300). Then the Agency was going thru portable ipad issues so this nurse used a spiral notebook to keep patient names, sugars, b/Ps, etc listed on pages and repeatedly, many times left it laying on my parents table! And I found a sheet with patient names, bloodsugars, etc laying in the rocks outside parents apartment. One Sat morning, weekend Nurse saw spiral that weekday nurse had left forgotten on table and asked about it. Dont know if that nurse turned in forgetful nurse. So this " Nurse" has begun to not like me for the plastic container issue and telling director of Home Health agency about the dropped Insulin and we wanted it replaced cause my parents are not rich.
So she has some vendetta against me but secretly I suspect. So several times since Jan of '19', my Mother and I have heard caregiver and "Nurse" talking about an old lady they share as a pt. Agency sees the old lady as pt and Caregiver agency goes as caregiver to old lady. Last 3 months, every time nurse comes 2 give Dad shots they gossip. Now, caregiver is suppose 2 be WORKING NOT YAKKING in my opinion.
Then turns out I get reported to APS in end of July! I'm MPOA, DPOA for both parents since 2013. I've been caregiver. Neither drive. I DO EVERYTHING. And try to keep them well and out of Hospital or NH's. I've screamed at nurses and hospitals and Dr's over mistreatment of both parents many times. I've sacrificed repeatedly for them. I have my own fam at home and 2 teen sons(now teens. Back then they weren't, so I missed a lot due to something wrong with parents) and husband and wife duties.
So "Nurse" called APS. She admitted to my Mom. My Mom was furious. " Why!?!!" Because your daughter was threatening NH and forced a Lidocaine patch on your husband. I have to report or I' ll lose my job." So it caused a BIG prob and my sister had 2 come here on a Fri for meeting with APS investigator. Investigator realized none was true. She said call sounded personal like a vendetta. Emotional abuse, stealing their money (what a laugh!) & medical negligence! She dropped it. So I find today that caregiver and Nurse talk on phone also. Then some info caregiver knew from 1 day ago (with nurse not there 2 hear us say it) made it to Nurse cause she asked at noon today (waited till I left) "I hear Mr...is going to hospice." And "I heard he was going to a group home." We never told Nurse nor wanted her to know. None of her business. We didn't trust her since APS incident and agency doesn't uphold family request for diff nurse. But caregiver knew cause heard Mom and I saying it when Nurse not there previous day. Then this morning, day after caregiver heard stuff, I drive up adn the 2 are standing outside apartment yakking and caregiver is supposed to be emptying trash. She turned to go on to dumpster at sight of me. So I think caregiver is on APS thing too. Cause I write instructions 4 her and she dont like it.