If you’re a caregiver, I doubt you’ve had time to even begin formulating any New Year’s resolutions for 2013. While each caregiver’s experience is unique, there are common bonds that join you in your journey. Those common bonds are the foundation of this Caregiver’s Credo, which I offer to you as you look ahead to a year full of possibilities.
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A Caregiver’s Credo
I am a competent caregiver.
I understand my loved one’s needs because I listen and I pay attention. Also, I am not too proud to ask professionals for information or guidance when I don’t know how to handle something.
I trust myself to do the best I can, even when others don’t seem to be able to put their trust in me.
I am a compassionate caregiver.
I know that my loved one didn’t ask to be a care receiver. I imagine myself in my loved one’s shoes to comprehend what it must be like to have to rely on someone else so much.
If I don’t think I have the energy or patience to respond compassionately, I take a time out until I can return with grace.
I am a strong caregiver…
but not strong in the way most people think. I am not stubborn nor do I think I have to do this all on my own.
Instead, I have the strength to ask for help when I need it, because I know that this will help my loved one as well as me.
I am a resourceful caregiver.
I will approach caregiving challenges with creativity and ask for ideas from others whom I trust.
Although I will carefully evaluate programs, services, and information that could help my caregiving situation, I will be open to new resources that I may not have thought of or considered in the past.
I am a confident caregiver.
This doesn’t mean that I always think I’m right. Instead, it means that I am confident in my commitment to do my best and in my ability to recognize when I need another opinion.
I am confident that my caregiving journey has purpose and meaning, and that I am becoming a better person through my journey.