[MOL] Caregiving Series-1-Bill of Rights [00529] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Caregiving Series-1-Bill of Rights

A Caregiver's Bill of Rights

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 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

•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

•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 Caregivers.

- Modified by Today's Caregiver Magazine
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