As an in home care provider for an aging loved one it is often easy to forget about yourself. You may think that what you are doing is only for your loved one and that you should not think about yourself. This is not the case. Caregivers have a responsibility to focus on themselves so that they are able to be the best care providers for their elderly loved ones.
Below is what you can think of as your Bill of Rights as a caregiver. Except these as your rights and allow them to control your decisions that you are able to continue to provide the best level care for your aging loved one:
- I have the right to take time to take care of myself on a daily basis. I have the right to seek help from any individual organization that can support my efforts to care for my loved one when I feel I’m not capable, or I simply need help
- I have the right to maintain my own relationships in past times outside of my caregiving relationship
- I have the right to get angry and frustrated in my responsibilities
- I have the right to not allow my aging loved one to manipulate me or try to force me to do anything that I don’t feel comfortable doing
- I have the right to feel good about myself and the effort that I’m putting into providing a high quality of life for my aging loved one
- I have the right to continue to be me, and protect my independence and individuality
- I have the right to insist that my aging loved what help himself as much as possible, and seek out other help when I reach my limitations
- I have the right to be protected by the law
- I have the right to privacy within my home should I aging loved one live with me, or within the home of my loved one when I needed.
The many of these rights may seem as though they are pushing your loved one away, or indicating that you present your role as a caregiver, in reality they are simply reinforcing the idea that you are an individual. As an in home care provider it may be difficult for you to continue looking yourself as an independent person, but it is critical for you to maintain your own life and relationships so that you can continue be the best caregiver possible.
Care Connection provides caregivers in Bath, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.