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It is important that you get support too
You may not think of yourself as a 'carer' but if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone who has a heart condition, and involved in their care this term applies to you. Carers, whatever your age or circumstances, need information, practical help and support. Your encouragement and support, combined with the right professional guidance, can make a big difference to the person you care for.
As a carer it is important that you feel supported and able to cope. We are here to support you as well as the person you care for.
If the person you care for is eligible for an assessment of their care needs, and you provide a substantial part of their care, you have a right to a separate assessment of your own needs under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.
The Carers Act does not give carers the right to services for themselves. But it does mean that carers can ask for their views, and any needs or difficulties in coping with caring, to be taken into account when deciding what services will be provided for the person needing care.
Some social services departments do offer specific support to carers, but what is available varies from area to area.