I am working with a pedi HH agency. My Spanish speaking ability is very limited. I know some phrases & basic words. The are some famililies who are Spanish speaking but parents know a decent amount English. I know enough Spanish to fill in the blanks. Any significant communication (i.e. physician, new orders) is done using a certified translator.
There is another family where I am being asked to orient. The only English speaking family member is a young teenager (who is overprotective of the patient and from what I hear tries to direct the nurses to do things "her" way). Other nurses say that mom likely understands some English but won't admit it or perhaps simply refuses to learn English for whatever reason.
Granted to perform actual patient care, language is not an issue. But how am I supposed to get/give report with the parents if they speak no English? One girl in the office said to use the teen daughter to translate. I am not comfortable with this as I feel meaning and information can be skipped or lost.
Am I wrong for not wanting to use a 13yo sibling as a translator when it is clear that in order to communicate with the primary care givers it must be Spanish? Some have told me I'm making too much of a deal about the situation and I should just go with the flow.