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 Are you prepared for your role as a caregiver?

Do you fully understand your heart failure patient's condition?

You are not alone.

 

 

 

As a caregiver to a woman with heart failure, you are critical to ensuring better patient outcomes and improved quality of life. You assist with medical adherence, exercise, and symptom management. However, many caregivers feel distressed about their role. You are an important member of the health care team, so make sure you have the proper tools and resources for success. 

To ease the stress of care giving responsibilities, you can: 

  • Be actively involved in the healthcare decision-making process. Have conversations with the person you are supporting and members of the health care team to better understand your role in clinical care.
  • Be your own advocate. Learn how to manage your own health and well-being. Find out what options are available to you and remember to practice self-care.
  • Seek out a support system. Connect with other caregivers, consult with a therapist, and make sure you are getting the rest you need.

Reaching out for help can be difficult, but there are many organizations available to support you and your loved one. Check out these organizations for tools and information on how to manage stress, advocate for yourself, and connect with other caregivers.

For more information, read the International Alliance of Carer Organization's recent study on caregiving for people with heart failure. 

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