|SIGNS||DESCRIPTIONS||WHAT THE CAREGIVER MAY SAY|
|Denial||About the disease and its effect||I know that Mom is going to get better.|
|Anger||At the person with the disease or others||If he asks me that question one more time, I will scream!|
|Social Withdrawl||From friends and family that once brought pleasure||I don’t care about getting together with the neighbors anymore.|
|Anxiety||About facing another day and what the future holds||What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?|
|Depression||Begins to break the spirit and affects the ability to cope||I don’t care anymore.|
|Exhaustion||Makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks||I’m too tired to do anything.|
|Irritability||Leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and reactions||Leave me alone!|
|Sleeplessness||Caused by never-ending list of concerns||What if she wanders out of the house, falls, and hurts herself?|
|Lack of Concentration||Makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks||I was so busy, I forgot we had an appointment.|
|Health Problems||Begin to take their toll both mentally and physically||I can’t remember the last time that I felt good.|
THE CAREGIVER’S BILL OF RIGHTS
The “Caregiver’s Bill of Rights” helps identify some of the common and “normal” emotions caregivers may experience.
It is all right to:
- Be angry.
- Turn this energy into positive action. Clean closets, take a walk, or talk with someone.
- Be frustrated.
- Stop the present activity, take a deep breath and begin a different activity.
- Need time alone.
- A favorite chair in a quiet room, a trip to the store or out with friends.
- Need and ask for help.
- Explore family, friends, and local agencies for services needed. Most doctor’s offices and clergy can make referrals.
- Trust your judgment.
- Relax. You are doing the best you can.
- Recognize your limits.
- You are a valuable person. Take care of yourself, too!
- Make mistakes.
- So, who’s perfect! This is how we learn.
- This is a normal response to loss. You may be sad over the loss of the ways things used to be.
- Laugh and Love.
- It can seem out of place, but your capacity to feel is not gone and can occur unexpectedly.
- Tomorrow, the day may go smoother, a friend may call, a cure may be found.
Source: American Health Assistance Foundation
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