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Authors

  1. Saunders, Mitzi M. RN, PhD, ACNS-BC

Abstract

Many heart failure (HF) patients depend on a family caregiver and many families need additional home care nursing support. This qualitative study identified perspectives of being a HF caregiver for families receiving home care nursing. Eleven caregivers of homebound HF patients were interviewed on what helps them the most, their own health, obstacles in caregiving, and greatest needs overall. Eight themes emerged and will be discussed in this article. The findings articulate the positive influence nurses can have on HF families to guide future practice and research.