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Bill Of Rights For The Caregiver
I have the right
. . .
- To take care of myself. This is not an act
of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of
- To seek help from others even though my relatives
may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
- To maintain facets of my own life that do
not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy.
I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and
I have the right to do some things just for myself.
- To get angry, be depressed, and express other
difficult feelings occasionally.
- To reject any attempts by my relative (either
conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and / or depression.
- To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness,
and acceptance for what I do from my loved one for as long as I offer these
quality in return.
- To take pride in what I am accomplishing and
to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my relative.
- To protect my individuality and my right to
make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my relative
no longer needs my full-time help.
To expect and demand that as new strides are
made in finding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons
in our country, similar strides will be made towards aiding and supporting
- Modified by Today's Caregiver Magazine
(c) copyright 1997
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