As our aging population grows, the need for caregivers also rises. About 32 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers, at an economic value of approximately $470 billion a year. Whether picking up meds or helping with daily living activities or making sure that bills have been paid, caregivers improve the quality of life for others every day.
However, we need to remember that caregivers have needs, too.
Taking care of another person can be rewarding.
Alabama Cares, a program dedicated to help Alabama caregivers, 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.
- Seek help from others.
- Maintain faces of my own life that do not include the person I care for.
- Get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.
- Reject attempts by my relative (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, anger, or depression.
- Receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do for my loved one for as long as I offer these qualities in return.
- Take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my relative.
- 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.
- 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.
Take care of your caregiver – and yourself.
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.
Are you concerned about future medical treatment or long-term care for you or a loved one? Start planning now. Schedule an appointment with one of the qualified elder law attorneys at Adams & Miller, P.C. Our phone number 256-251-2137. Or you may choose to use our Contact Form to get started on your path to peace of mind.