I have had to dismiss four
caregivers (and am on my way to five) that
we employed to help care for my husband who
has Parkinson’s. They are all qualified at
their jobs. The problem is ME. I am
highly allergic to perfumes—any products,
personal or household, that have fragrance.
They are making me sick. I explain in great
detail on the phone exactly what we need for
them to do and not do if they want the job,
and again at the interview. After a few
days, they show up with some kind of scent
that is musky, sweet, and/or perfumed. I
have purchased the products for them that I
use for myself and in my home. I go out into
the world every day and hardly ever
encounter these particular odors. Yet
it seems as if each caregiver who comes to
us just ignores my requests.
Is there some kind of
agency that would specialize in caregivers
who are trained NOT to wear any fragrances,
who use detergents that are "fragrance-free"
and so on? I am just exasperated beyond
belief. My husband is in the hospital as I
write this and, sure enough, the caregiver I
hired for the night showed up with the exact
"smell." What are the odds of that?
Any advice would be
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Time: 10:22 AM
You should immediately discontinue the service that is sending the caregivers to you! I would also hope that they are not charging you. You have given simple instructions to follow and you should not have to put up with less than quality service. We do train our Home Care Associates that this sensitivity does exists and to “save the perfume for date night”. Check with the hospital to see if they can recommend any outstanding care provider organizations to you.
Time: 01:15 PM
I am allergic to propalyne glycol it is in everything! Very difficult to find PG free products or environments! Much less getting my point across to others! Your not alone!
Name: Carol Kemmerer
Time: 11:15 AM
My husband also has Parkinsons and we have our
Comfort Keepers, which is nationwide. We have been satisfied with their procedures and we let the company know what we want and they let the caregivers know. We usually have pretty good results from the caregivers. We have asked the
company to tell the caregivers that we do not want them on their cellphones texting all the time and that problem was taken care of immediately. Hope this helps.
Time: 09:31 AM
Could they be picking up the smell at another patient's home? For example a smoker?
Time: 06:58 AM
Does your husband notice the same scents? Have you had allergy testing done? Are you taking medications to help yourself? I too have severe 'environmental allergies' that have me over sensitive to aromas and smoke. We have posted at our home door: No Smoking and No Perfumes, Scented Shampoo/Soap, Dryer sheets within this home. Are you hiring yourself or through an agency? USE an agency! Then complain, strongly, to the management! They are required to teach their staff, and they know for the business that specific care needs for the home must be followed or they are out. If you are working with an agency, and they do not correct the issue with their staff...contact the Better Business Bureau. You need specific dates that you made request that 'scent free' was needed, detriments to your health/his health, costs to that, contacts made regarding. Stay with it! Someone is out there! Do your part though...don't assume you are allergic...be tested and have the paperwork to back it up. Otherwise---they will look at it as 'hot air'.
Time: 05:14 AM
B I have suffered for years with this very problem. Anything with a smell caused an asthma attack. I quit going to church and most contact with people. I developed chronic fatigue. Thankfully for me I did find a Dr. that help, but it was a complete diet change. Good Luck and hopefully you will find an answer that works for you.