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Find the Support You Need While Coping with COPD

by Shannon, May 13, 2019

COPD is a progressive disease that can drastically inhibit your ability to maintain a lifestyle that you may be used to. However, you are not alone. With the right support, you can find solace in knowing that you – or a loved one – has the support needed. And, the experts at Care Indeed can offer you that support.

 As professionals in the care industry, the experts at Care Indeed know that navigating progressive diseases such as COPD can be difficult. That’s why we provide hourly and live-in care for individuals and elderly clients in need of support and companionship. Our mission is also to educate our client base and the community on how diseases and ailments affect the mind and body.

 As a continuation to our series on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, we are committed to helping you learn how to support yourself or a loved one suffering from the disease. Care Indeed is committed to giving you the resources you need to find the care you deserve and need.

Preparation is Essential

Whether you have just been diagnosed with COPD or are coping with the later stages of the disease, preparing for changes can help you to make lifestyle changes necessary to keep yourself – or a loved one – more comfortable. It’s inevitable that life is going to change. People suffering from COPD may find that they struggle more with daily work tasks or even the ability to enjoy social gatherings, according to the American Lung Association.

 Recognizing the limitations and preparing for the symptoms of the disease can help you cope. Keep the following in mind:

  • Prepare for Emergency Situations: One of the number one reasons that patients with COPD need to seek emergency treatment is exacerbation. At this point, you – or a loved one – may experience shortness of breath and a chronic cough.
  • Keep Emergency Contacts: Have a list of individuals who should be contacted in case of emergency. This list may include family members, physicians and specialists.
  • Know the Signs and Symptoms: Talk with your doctor at the onset of your diagnosis to determine symptoms that are causes for emergency treatment.

Adjust Your Lifestyle

It’s important to be abreast of the types of lifestyle changes you – or a loved one – may need to make once you are diagnosed with COPD. Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, these changes and habits may help to make your symptoms less severe and help those with COPD cope.

 

Quit Smoking: For some individuals, smoking cessation can be a grueling process; however, continuing to smoke will only make symptoms of COPD worse. To promote smoking cessation, consider doing the following:

  • Do not smoke inside the house or surround the patient with any type of secondhand smoke
  • Remove smoking paraphernalia, such as lighters, ashtrays or cigarettes from the home
  • Find distractions, such as mild exercises, board games or healthy snacks to help curb cravings.

 

Adopt a Healthy Eating Routine: A well-balanced diet is recommended for patients with COPD. Consuming more vegetables and fresh fruits and eliminating red meats and processed foods can help those with COPD gain more energy to regulate breathing and continue daily activities. Consider adding these healthy snacks to your day:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Nutrient-rich beverages
  • Protein-packed meals
  • Sources of Omega-3

 

Increase Access to Fresh Air: The environment can make symptoms worse for people with COPD. That’s why it’s necessary to assess the air you – or a loved one – is exposed to on a daily basis. Take these actions to improve air quality:

  • Cease use of beauty products with heavy scents, such as lotions, aftershaves, hairsprays and perfumes
  • Eliminate exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals
  • Clean the air ducts in the home to eliminate excess dust
  • Take regular walks outdoors
  • Stray from environments that are filled with secondhand smoke

 Find Ways to Conserve Energy: Exerting too much energy can exhaust someone with COPD and lead to shortness of breath. It may be necessary to modify the home to allow for energy conservation. Try making your home much more accessible with these recommendations from VeryWellHealth:

  • Organize the home so that everything you – or a loved one – with COPD needs is on one level, eliminating the need to climb stairs on a regular basis
  • Install a seat in the shower to allow for rests during daily hygiene
  • Place most-needed items on lower shelves to reduce the amount of energy needed to reach what you – or a loved one – needs.

How Can I Find the Support I Need?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a form of COPD, you need resources, support and compassion to navigate the disease. Many national organizations such as the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and the COPD Foundation.

 Care Indeed professionals are also here for you.

Support and care is essential as you cope with a COPD diagnosis. Care Indeed professionals are highly-trained to assist with mobility, hygiene, transportation and companionship regardless of your condition or disease. We offer local resources for our clients and their families to help you understand the level of care you need. In addition, our professional caregivers are available to help you with daily tasks to ease the transition when COPD progresses.

 Life with any type of COPD is challenging and learning how to accept the challenge is the first step in improving your overall quality of life. While you may struggle with the changes as a patient, caregiver or family member, the support you need is only a click away.

 Care Indeed is committed to providing you the support and in-home caregivers who understand your challenges and daily struggles at work and home. Learn more about how to get the support you need while living with COPDtoday