Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They take on responsibility and provide much-needed assistance in so many ways. Whether picking up meds or helping with daily living activities or making sure that bills have been paid, many caregivers give it their all with a smile on their face.
Remember, Caregivers Have Needs, Too
The Family Caregiver Alliance has provided A Caregiver’s Bill of Rights that we’re going to share in part with you:
I Have The Right …
- To take care of myself.
- To seek help from others.
- 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.
- To get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.
- To reject any attempt by my relative (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, anger, or depression.
- To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do for my loved one 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 relative.
- To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my relative 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 older persons in our country, similar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.
Is There A Caregiver In Your Life?
Whether the caregiver is for you or for a loved one, take a few minutes to show appreciation. Making sure your estate plans are up to date now can make a future caregiver’s job a little easier.
At Keystone Law, we know that estate plans affect all areas of your life. Our attorneys help clients like you decide how to develop a personal estate plan. Call us at 480-418-8448 or check out some of our free seminars. Serving the greater Chandler area, including Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Sun Lakes, Mesa, and Tempe.