Caregiver's Bill of
have the right...
take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will
give me the capability of taking better care of my relative.
seek help from others even though my relatives may object. I
recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
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.
get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings
reject any attempts by my relative (either conscious or
unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and/or depression.
receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for
what I do from my loved one for as long as I offer these qualities
take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it
has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my relative.
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
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