So I am a new nurse working at a family physicians office. We recently got a new patient, he is an elderly man that, through the course of my assessment, I learned he has numerous medical problems, including diabetes (not well controlled), limited mobility, and difficulty chewing and swallowing food. He has absolutely NO family, or anyone to care for him at home. We did set him up with home health, but he is on a waiting list for the type of daily home care he needs and he disclosed many routine daily living activities, that he has trouble with. So, I was looking for some advise from some nurses with more experience as to what I can do to help him, or if I should even get involved. I was thinking about maybe bringing him some meals that he could easily heat up and eat. I asked him, and he said he would greatly appreciate it. I know as a nurse I need to keep a professional distance from patients, but is it a bad idea to get involved in this way? Are there liability risks in helping patients like this outside of work? He just needs a little help.