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What are the Caregiver's Rights?

As caregivers we often place the needs of our loved ones first. However, it is important to remember we have rights as caregivers. The following is the caregiver's code, a reminder of our rights as caregivers, regardless of the diagnosis of your loved one.

 The Caregiver’s Code

  • Have the patience or wisdom to start over again each day, with a clean slate.
  • Batman had Robin, Superman had Lois Lane, Simba had Pumba and Timoné, Winnie the Pooh had an entire cast of supporters—do not forget to include others who will assist in caring for your loved one.
  • Do not forget to inform others of all that you do to care for your loved one and encourage their participation.
  • As resourceful as you may be, do not forget that you don’t know everything, and it is okay.
  •  Just as successful organizations don’t try to be everything to everyone, you shouldn’t try to do everything for your loved one.
  • Be sure not to take your role in life too seriously and, as a result, lack the capacity to change when what you are doing is not working. If a strategy does not work try something new.
  • Do not forget the principle of not just doing a good job but being the best at what you do, although others will not always have your same standards.


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