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Once again, Caregiver's Bill of Rights...

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

I shared my life with 2 special needs daughters, one of which has since passed. But, as part of a program designed to support we caregivers, I was given this "Caregivers Bill of Rights".

I have this posted on my fridge....it helps me, especially during my cancer caregiving with my mom and sister. For all the special angels, unsung heros, our caregivers....

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 loved one.

I have the right to seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.

I have the right to get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.

I have the right to reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt and/or depression.

I have the right to take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my loved one.

I have the right to receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance from my loved one for what I do, for as long as I offer these qualities in return.

Hugs, Kathi

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vinny3
Posts: 933
Joined: Jun 2006

Thanks Kathi, I passed it on to a woman who is dealing with her daughter's serious illness. It helped to relieve some of her anger and guilt.

Dick

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