Caregivers of people with heart failure are usually spouses, children, grandchildren, siblings or parents. Being a caregiver for someone with a chronic medical condition such as heart failure can at times be both physically exhausting and emotionally draining.

You may find yourself pulled in many directions as you provide practical help to your partner or relative, as well as experience a range of mixed emotions yourself. Becoming a caregiver requires a long-term commitment of time and energy, but with a clear plan and good support it can also be a fulfilling and rewarding experience.

In this section we look at the role of a caregiver, the special challenges that you face in caring for your partner or relative, and provide you with some ideas and helpful tips to make your role easier. You can adapt any suggestions to your own circumstances and preferences, as your needs and experiences are unique to you.

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