1 (edited by marions Sun, 12 Oct 2008 20:06:09)

Topic: 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 ability to take better care of my loved one.

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

I have the right to maintain parts of my own life that do not include the person I care for just as if he/she was healthy.  I know that I do everything that I reasonably can do for this person.  I have the right to do some things for myself.

I have the right to get angry, be depressed, and express difficult feelings once in a while.

I have the right to reject any attempt by my loved one to make me do things out of guilt or anger.  (It doesn't matter is she/he knows they are doing it or not.)

I have the right to get considerations, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do for my loved one, as I offer these in return.

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

I have the right to protect my individuality.  I also have the right to a life that will sustain me when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.

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National Cancer Institute
Support for caregivers

THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

Re: Caregiver's Bill of Rights

Thank you for this and I feel better already. I am sending it out to all my friends and family.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Caregiver's Bill of Rights

Thanks. I needed that & am also sending it along to others.

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

Re: Caregiver's Bill of Rights

Thank you.  This disease beats up the patient and caregiver so much. It is good to know that some of the feelings and emotions are "normal"

Wishing all God's blessings!