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The Fearless Caregiver Manifesto
By Gary Barg
I will fearlessly assess my personal
strengths and weaknesses, work diligently to bolster my
weaknesses and to graciously recognize my strengths.
I will fearlessly make my voice be heard with regard to
my loved ones care and be a strong ally to those
professional caregivers committed to caring for my loved
one and a fearless shield against those not committed to
caring for my loved one.
I will fearlessly not sign or approve anything I do not
understand, and will steadfastedly request the
information I need until I am satisfied with the
I will fearlessly ensure that all of
the necessary documents are in place in order for my
wishes and my loved ones wishes to be met in case of a
medical emergency. These will include Durable Medical
Powers of Attorney, Wills, Trusts and Living Wills.
I will fearlessly learn all I can about my loved one’s
healthcare needs and become an integral member of his or
her medical care team.
I will fearlessly seek out other caregivers or care
organizations and join an appropriate support group; I
realize that there is strength in numbers and will not
isolate myself from those who are also caring for their
I will fearlessly care for my physical and emotional
health as well as I care for my loved one’s, I will
recognize the signs of my own exhaustion and depression,
and I will allow myself to take respite breaks and to
care for myself on a regular basis.
I will fearlessly develop a personal support system of
friends and family and remember that others also love my
loved one and are willing to help if I let them know
what they can do to support my caregiving.
I will fearlessly honor my loved one’s wishes, as I know
them to be, unless these wishes endanger their health or
I will fearlessly acknowledge when providing appropriate
care for my loved one becomes impossible either because
of his or her condition or my own and seek other
solutions for my loved one’s caregiving needs.