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Supporting carers 

Supporting carers
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Supporting carers
Author(s):

Miriam Johnson

, Karen Hogg

, James Beattie

, and Max Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199299300.003.0073
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date: 18 November 2018

Unpaid carers form a vitally important part of a patient’s support. Caring itself may have a significant adverse impact on the carer’s own health, employment, financial and social status. Current health and social care systems are dependent upon these people to provide care, especially towards the end of life and it is highly important to support them in this role. Many carers for people with heart failure are elderly and have their own co-morbidities. Assessment of their needs with provision of appropriate support is a vital part of overall care for the patient.

This chapter outlines the challenges, and provides suggestions for ways of supporting carers for people with heart failure.

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