8 THINGS A CAREGIVER SHOULD KNOW
As a Caregiver, I have the right:
- To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness.
- To seek help from others even though my loved ones may object.
- To maintain facets of my life that do not include the person I care for.
- To get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.
- To reject any attempts by my loved ones to manipulate me through guilt or depression.
- To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do.
- To take pride in what I am accomplishing.
- To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my loved one no longer needs my full–time help.
By Jo Horne