Of Rights For The Caregiver
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 my relative.
- 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.
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 Caregivers.
- Modified by Today's Caregiver Magazine
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