ADVICE AND HELP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC HEART FAILURE
If you're helping take care of a family member or friend with chronic heart failure, you're a key part of their treatment plan. You're probably helping the person with everyday tasks and errands, and making sure they take their medications.
TIPS FOR CAREGIVER SUPPORT AND RELIEF
Caring for a loved one is a big responsibility. Depending on how much you have taken on, it can weigh on you in a number of ways that are known as "caregiver stress."
You might begin to feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. You might feel irritation with your friend/loved one, and worry or sadness over their condition.
In the hustle and bustle of taking care of their needs, you might neglect some of your own health issues. This can lead to chronic fatigue.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, or you don't know how best to help, here are things you can do:
Visit your own personal doctor. Take care of your own health needs so that you're better able to help with theirs.
Take a break! Set aside some time to do something you enjoy, like going to a movie or working on a hobby. A small bit of relaxation and time to yourself can refresh you.
Ask other friends and family to support you emotionally and relieve you by taking on some of the caregiving tasks.
Talk to the doctor or nurse who is giving your friend/loved one treatment. They know the stresses of caregiving and can direct you to help and support.
Talk to a counselor or therapist. They can give you ideas on how to cope.
Find out if hospitals or health organizations near you have caregiving classes or support groups available.