Jump to content

Former client in home health

HIPAA   (222 Views 3 Comments)
by consumer consumer (New) New

539 Profile Views; 3 Posts

Hello, 

Why can't a nurse and a patient be friends after the patient is no longer a patient, or client? I recently stopped working for a home Healthcare company. I  was told that I can never see my clients in any way ever again.

I spent 10 hours a week a disabled man. He's upset, because he thinks that he'll never see me again. (he's older than my dad, so it's not a sexual thing). 

I'm wondering why I can't be friends with someone after our working/client relationship ended. How would I be violating Hippa if I stopped by to visit him. (I admit, I miss seeing his Basset Hound very much!) 

He's made it clear that he couldn't care less about who I tell anything to.... We live in a rural setting. I guess I need some direction here please? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3 Followers; 36,947 Posts; 98,066 Profile Views

Do what you want to do, just don’t make an issue of it. Attempt to visit when you know there won’t be an agency employee present. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 Posts; 9 Profile Views

As long as you no longer have the nurse-patient relationship, who’s says that you can’t? From a supervisory perspective it is the first step toward blurring the line that is the nurse/patient boundary. To each their own. It is kind of you to genuinely care about your former patient and recognize that he likely does need a friend. Best to you!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
×