Caregivers of people with heart failure are usually spouses, children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, or family friends. Sometimes a carer may be provided by the national health system or employed privately. Being a caregiver for someone with a chronic medical condition such as heart failure can be both physically exhausting and emotionally draining at times.

You may find yourself pulled in many directions as you provide practical help to your partner or relative, as well as experiencing 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 and the special challenges that you face in caring for your partner or relative, whilst providing 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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