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I hired a caregiver once a week to help me with my dad at his condo. We hired her to clean and do some cooking. He smokes and I found out today that she sits and smokes with him and is also on her phone when she "visits" with him. She does a great job cleaning but I am totally bothered that she smokes while she is there. I also feel if she is visiting and keeping my dad company that is fine but I'm not happy that she sits at the table with him on her phone. We hired her through Comfort Keepers and my dad doesn't want me to complain but I feel she is taking advantage of the situation. Does it seem inappropriate to anyone else that she smokes while at his home?

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I am a smoker and always inform the family when I am being interviewed.... so far has not been a problem.... but I smoke outside, away from the house and bring my own ashtray....even if my clients smoked, I would not be comfortable smoking with them.... the cell phone.... everyone knows not to call me at work..unless it is an emergency..... guess this has to be a conversation with you and her..... if it bothers you.... then ask her to please respect your wishes..
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I feel bad for our GC.. she does not smoke but mom does. Poor gal moves out of the way, etc. Now Mom goes downstairs to the rec room, outside when the weather is hot. They adapt to each other :) Since she is great with the folks, I'm glad this is not a deal breaker for HER!
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Since Dad smokes, I see absolutely no harm in this. The phone use, if minimum and necessary should not be a problem either. Be happy that you have found someone that gets along with Dad!
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My p/t carer Vapes and when she's out she will smoke in the kitchen under the vent (same place I do) she does a great job with my mother and always on time and extra helpful on many things. She will take phone calls from other clients but tells them she's working and will get back to them... other time she'll look something up on the internet (from her phone) if it's helpful for my mom.

I say if your dad is ok with it, you should be ok with it The phone is slightly different. A GOOD carer is not that easy to come by ... be happy dad is happy with her !
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If your dad smokes and enjoys having her join him, I guess I'd accept that.

And if she can do a good job cleaning and cooking and still have a little time to sit and talk with him, that is a bonus!

Does she use her cell phone briefly to inform her next client when she will be there, check in quickly with her own elderly mother, etc ... or use it for extended conversations? I think that would be of concern to me. You can ask Comfort Keepers what their policy is about phone conversations in the client's home.
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that wouldnt bother me at all but id tell her to put the cell phone away . my helper and i have been thru the beating on a cell phone conversation twice . one more click and her a** is done working for me .
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