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YOUR HOME IS WHERE OUR HEART IS
caregiver’s
CORNER
Anne Clark, Special to Senior Times
Senior Times - January 2017
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IT’S BEEN A YEAR!
It is the beginning of the year – hard to believe 2016 is already gone. I want to start this year out with some some writings from others that can really be of help for each and every one of you. As Family Caregivers
you really must take care of yourself. We’ve seen it over and over where you are the one who has the crisis. Read this and know – you have rights.
Caregiver’s Bill of Rights
By: Jo Horne
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 recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
I have the right:
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 for myself.
I have the right:
To get angry, be depressed and express other difficult emotions occa- sionally.
I have the right:
To reject any attempt by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, anger or depression.
I have the right:
To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness and acceptance from my loved one for as long as I offer these qualities in return.
I have the right:
To take pride in what I am accom- plishing and to applaud the courage it sometimes takes to meet the needs of my loved one.
I have the right:
To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.
I have the right:
To expect and demand that as new strides are made in finding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons in our country, simi- lar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.
And I’ll end with a prayer for you – please know how special you are and how important you are. Happy, happy New Year!
A Prayer for the Caregiver
By: Bruce McIntyre
Unknown and often unnoticed, you
are a hero nonetheless.
For your love, sacrificial, is God at
his best.
You walk by faith in the darkness
of the great unknown,
And your courage, even in weak-
ness, gives life to your beloved.
You hold shaking hands and pro- vide the ultimate care:
Your presence, the knowing, that you are simply there.
You rise to face the giant of dis- ease and despair;
It is your finest hour, though you may be unaware.
You are resilient, amazing, and beauty unexcelled,
You are the caregiver and you have done well!
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