CAREGIVERS BILL OF RIGHTS
I have the right:
*To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my relative.
*To seek help from others even though my relatives may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
*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. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things just for myself.
*To get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.
*To reject any attempts by my relative (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt and/or depression.
*To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance from my loved one for what I do, 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 persons in our country, similar strides will be made towards aiding and supporting caregivers.
- Author Unknown
In Caregiver Coaching, we'll focus in on the three hardest problems for caregivers according to the MetLife study.
1. Finding time for self
2. Balancing work & family responsibilities
3. Balancing physical and emotional stress
Is Your Aging Parent Aging You?
There is absolutely NO way that someone who has not taken care of an aging/sick parent will ever know how demanding, gut-wrenching and time-consuming it is. Words cannot express how chaotic a time it can be, as well. And in many ways, our society has not made sufficient accomodations for the kind of upside-downness that can occur as a result. Ever try to push a transport chair through double-doors? At the same time, how blessed I've been to be able to be at home with my mother and "take her here" and "take her there," including endless trips to the doctor and at least three hospital stays. I'm now a master of the hospital "sleepover."
It is therefore extremely important to take time for yourself and build in self-care breaks so that you don't crash and burn in the process. As your coach, I will be there to hear you, motivate you, inspire you. I can support you not only on the caretaking side, helping you develop strategies to cope on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical side of things, but also I can help you stay on track on the business side, especially if you're just starting out in your business. You'll need solid busness development strategies to see you through and I have a proven, iron-clad program designed just for that purpose.
Entrepreneur / Caregiver Coaching Based on Scripture
Through 20-plus years in coaching and self-development, business and life experiences and an abundance of empathy and compassion, I will help you get the Word of God "branded" on your soul and spirit during your coaching with me. We will find Scripture that sings to your heart. You will have revelation. And for the first time "you will get it." I will not "talk down to you" so that you feel more condemned and lost than ever. No, I will talk UP to you so that you can then lift YOUR mind, spirit and hands UP to the one who is our Heavenly Father and start to see God really move in your life, something you will want to experience for sure as an entrepreneur/caregiver.
Please know that as your life coach, I sincerely care about you and it is my desire that you truly feel nurtured and supported throughout our coaching relationship.
If we are good fit, then I will consider you to be an on-going client just as in my thriving Reflexology business. I guarantee you that you will feel extra special as my coaching client and my commitment is, with God's help, to help you uncover or re-discover the success, happiness and prosperity that you deserve, even in a challenging situation such as starting a business/taking care of an aging parent. So are you ready to turn those lemons into some good-tasting lemonade?