I have the right:

To take care of myself.  This is not an act of selfishness.  It will give me the capacity to take better care of my relative/loved one.

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 occasionally (and in appropriate ways).

To reject any attempt by my relative (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, anger, or depression.

To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do for my loved one for as long as I offer these qualities 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/loved one.

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 help.

To expect and demand that as new strides are made in finding resources to aid physically, cognitively, and psychiatrically impaired persons in our country, similar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.

To seek help from others even though my relative/loved one may object.

I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.

(Author Unknown)


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