A common concern for people with heart disease is that symptoms such as shortness of breath, swollen legs and ankles, fatigue and worries about putting strain on the heart might make it harder to carry out ordinary daily tasks and so living in their own home could become difficult. But with the right support, some changes and adaptations, most people with heart problems can and do enjoy living in their own homes for the rest of their lives.
Some people choose to move to a house, flat or bungalow which they find more manageable. If you are thinking about moving, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of various housing and care options. Knowing about the different possibilities, and being clear about what features to look for, can help you make decisions that will best suit your changing circumstances.
In this brochure we briefly outline the main heart disease symptoms and then consider what you can do to your home to make living with these more manageable. We describe the range of alternative housing options and offer suggestions about where to find more detailed information, advice and help for your particular situation. These notes are particularly for older people who may be considering their long term housing and care options anyway.