A Caregivers Bill of Rights

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…

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Caregivers Take Care of Yourself

These guidelines are helpful whether you are taking care of yourself or if you are a caregiver for another person.  They are summarized from the National Council on Aging, Inc., “Caregiving Tips” series. First of all, admit your feelings.  Feeling tired, isolated, helpless, angry or scared can be indications that you are trying to handle too much without the help and information you need.  Such feelings, though difficult, are natural.  Talk to your family and friends about what you feel;…

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