Two different young women — potential au pairs — write with the same question:
How do Host Parents feel about matching with Au Pairs who have manageable health issues?
By “manageable”, we mean — well understood, medicated or controlled successfully for a long time, not likely to interfere with caregiving, and not likely to flare up and become debilitating. This could be diabetes, lymphoedema, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, moderate hearing loss, and other reasonably “common” medical issues.
Writer #1: I am an prospective au pair with concerns about one thing. I have had a medical condition called lymphoedema since birth which is like a water retention. It does not affect my abilities in any way but I am concerned families wouldn’t consider me for them as I’m not ‘perfect’. I also received a kind of counseling for this condition…I will have to tick the box on my form saying that I’ve had counseling even though I did not receive it for anxiety or depression it was simply to do with my doctor wanting to ensure I was comfortable with having a long term incurable condition.
Writer #2: I’ve just found your website and find it great! I want to be an au pair in the USA for next year and I need an advice from host parents. I suffer from Crohn’s disease. This is not really known here in France but I realized Americans know this disease much better than we do. Do you think I have any chance with a family? I feel like no one will want to deal with a “sick” au pair even if I really want to do be part of a US family.
What information do you need from Au Pair applicants with “manageable health issues” to feel confident matching with them?
Would it help to have an additional doctor’s report or recommendation?
Would you match with them? Why or why not?
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