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I'm a indipindent caregive elderly. I am not certified

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I'm a indipindent caregive for the elderly. I am not certified through the state and often work with families in hospice situations. Under the direction and permission of hospice and the family I do medicate and of course feed etc. My question is if a family member (daughter-in-law) in my case keeps wanting me to not follow hospice instructions fully to insure daily, how many breathing treatments daily 1 vs 3 am I liable if anything happens?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

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I'm a little confused by your question.

Are you asking if yo are liable if you follow the family member's instructions instead of the hospice's?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the daughter in law was an lvn and is into natural remedies and often tries to change amount of treatment or things that help. Keep in mind she did tell hospice 93 was long enoug to live she was ready for him to die. They were shocked not worried she will kill him but push me to not exactly do thins to help like ensure that will help him have a longer life.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My question is if something happens am I liable for following her over hospice. My desire is to follow hospice.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am hoping I can tell the son I know your wife means well but I am being instructed by hospice one way and her another this is my liability. I have to follow hospice.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you would likely be liable if you ignored what hospice told you (presumably they have medical staff) and instead follow the directions of someone that doesn't have medical training. In addition, you'd likely be fired.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks thought so. More concerned with the legalities than the job. His son foolishly listens to his wife.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

You don't want to get pulled into that and you may even want to notify the hospice of the issue so that you protect yourself.

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