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Ten Commandments for Caregivers

  1. Assist the older person to retain their autonomy and self respect.
  2. Respect the older person - they got this far on their own.
  3. Be generous with love and loving touch.
  4. Communicate your level of capability not as a complaint; share decision-making.
  5. Be empathetic to growing older and the losses involved with that process.
  6. Be prepared-know your options for situations you anticipate.
  7. Be informed abut the older person's challenges.
  8. Know your limits-identify your support system.
  9. Maintain a healthy sense of humor-some things can be laughed about together.
  10. Don't feel guilty - no one person is expected to do it all!


These Eldercare pages are brought to you by: Nebraska's Area Agencies on Aging

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