Monday, April 15, 2013
I'm not sure if anyone is checking this site before going to the group this morning but I've had to cancel it due to illness. I don't want to infect anyone - and I'm so sorry for the late notice! Hopefully, our next group will proceed without problem.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Our second group is tomorrow in Seattle from 10am to 12pm, location and directions on the sidebar. I look forward to seeing anyone who needs a little extra help and support!
I have the right:
The Caregiver's Bill of Rights.
I have the right:
- To take care of myself. Caregiving is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one.
- To seek help from others even though my loved ones may object. Only I can recognize the limits of my endurance and strength.
- To maintain facets of my 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.
- To reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and/or depression.
- To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do, from my loved ones, 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 loved one.
- To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.
- To 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 caregivers.