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Not a cook...how do I talk to mom..?

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by oldnurse28 oldnurse28 (Member) Member

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My current patient is on a real food puree diet. He does get supplements of a prepackaged version when mom doesn't make his foods and I have no problem preparing it for his feeds just like any other formula preparation BUT mom said yesterday "I want to show you how to make his breakfast" so she now expects me to cook and make his purees.

I checked my plan of care and it clearly states mom will provide food for meals but how do I talk to mom about this. I am not under any circumstances going to be cooking and now ding these special recipes dietary has this kid on. 

Mom also has weird thoughts on food safety. She leaves food out all night on the counter and then blends it for this kid, it is veggies with no meat but still...it should be put in the fridge. 

Any idea how to approach this mom or should I just call my supervisor and ask her to talk to mom about this?

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It would be best and would take less time (presumably) to rectify if you discussed this with your clinical supervisor.  Perhaps a case conference is in order (something most agencies don't even bother with).  If you are uncomfortable with preparing meals, then you need to set boundaries with the mother, but you don't want her to approach the supervisor first so that a change is made to the care plan without your input.  If the care plan is changed, and the supervising managers then require you do these tasks, time for you to find a new case if you do not want to adapt.  

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