Thanks everyone for your replies . have had bad chest all my life even had a lobe removed from mylung .but just a few months ago was told its now copd up until then it was always bronchiectasis. hoping to look at sheltered housing as we live at the top of a very steep hill and I cant manage it anymore. just found out yesterday hubby has mild angina. Does anyone have of applying for carers allowance/ as unsure if we even qualify. steep hills and steep learning curves; eh.