- Mike Ligeti
Gift Policies and Laws for Home Nurses & Aides
As we move into the holiday season, we want to remind patients and caregivers of the state and federal laws (as well our own company policy) for accepting and giving of gifts.
What Does the Law Say about Gifts for Patients and Caregivers?
As of December 7, 2016 it is strictly limited by the State of Florida and by Federal Law to give gifts or services in excess of $15, or on an annual basis of no more than $75, to patients. It is also against Reliance Home Health Care’s policies to accept gifts from patients.
Why Can’t I Give a Gift to My Caregiver?
We cannot make patients feel as though caregivers provide their care for any other reason outside of doing their jobs. Caregivers are rewarded by their patients’ improved health, wellness, and their paychecks.
We hate to be so strict because we do understand that patients and their families want to show appreciation to their caregivers at this time of the year. However, it’s not just our company policy, it’s also strictly prohibited by local, state and federal laws. It can be construed as the caregiver manipulating the emotions of a patient.
What is a Good Idea for a Gift for a Caregiver?
A special note from the patient to the caregivers is as good as gold (and they'll share it with our office and we will reward them)!
Thanks to all caregivers for all you do!