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What information is a home care agency required to provide?

My client has MRSA. Does my agency have to tell the caregivers?
Status: Open    Jan 25, 2016 - 08:18 AM

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Apr 25, 2016 - 07:36 AM

As a former home health nurse, I can say that the fact that a client has MRSA would be part of the individual’s plan of care. Anyone who is providing care would need to be aware of the client’s diagnoses, in order to provide safe care for the client and protect the caregivers.

However, there is some information about clients that does not affect their care and would be inappropriate to share. In addition, agency staff might become aware of some personal information about the client and/or family. It would be inappropriate for them to share such information, if it does not affect the client’s care.


Feb 06, 2016 - 06:32 AM

This is just personal opinion NOT legal but...
As the primary caregiver for my husband If he were diagnosed with MRSA or any other potentially communicable condition I would tell any other caregiver that I had coming in to help becasue I would want them to use gloves at all times. I would inform them so if they have any broken skin on themselves they are aware that the possibility of transmission is higher.
If the other caregiver were coming from a place that had any potentially communicalbe condition I would want them to tell me so I could either make the decision to have them use gloves at all times while they are at my house or ask them not to come until the condition has been resolved.
If my husband were diagnosed with any communicable condition I would tell the place where I volunteer and discuss the possibility that I not do volunteer work until he is better.
We are caring for a person that has a higher risk of becoming ill due to declining health, already aging so the immune system is not functioning at an optimum and any illness is a setback. Most dementia patients will not rebound fully or as fast as they did even a few months ago. You need to protect all patients.
You need to protect caregivers as well since the potential for them to pass on from one patient to another is great. And the fact that they could pick up MRSA and they will be out of work for an extended time makes it difficult for all.
Again this is personl opinion.

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