CAREGIVER’S BILL OF RIGHTS
I have the right to take care of myself.
This is not an act of selfishness.
It will enable me 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 own 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 I would if he/she were healthy.
I know that I do everything that I reasonably
can do for this person. I have the right
to do some things just 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 if he knows he is doing it or not).
I have the right to get consideration, 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’m doing.
I have the right to applaud the courage it takes
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 in times when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.