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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