Supporting carers

Miriam Johnson, Karen Hogg, James Beattie and Max Watson

in Heart Failure

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Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199299300
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740787 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Supporting carers

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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.

Chapter.  2271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Cardiovascular Medicine

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