Caring for a Person With COPD
Being diagnosed and living with COPD can be a difficult process. If someone you know is diagnosed, you probably want to
help. Here are some practical ways to help maintain your loved one’s quality of life.
Help them quit smoking
Quitting is the first step recommended by doctors to treat COPD and slow its progression. Even though it can be hard,
having the support of friends or family can make a big difference. For tips on quitting, visit our
Helpful Resources section.
Monitor their medication
It's critical to make sure that your loved one is getting the proper treatment. If you haven’t already, you may want
to inquire with your doctor about whether TUDORZA is right for your loved one. TUDORZA™ PRESSAIR™ is a
prescription medicine used long term, 2 times each day to treat symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. TUDORZA is not a rescue medicine and should not be used for treating
sudden breathing problems. Your doctor may give you other medicine to use for sudden breathing problems.
It can also help to make sure your loved one is taking his or her medicine as prescribed. Sometimes patients may feel
well on a particular day and decide to skip a dose, but it’s important to monitor their intake and ensure they are
following their doctor’s instructions. In fact, it can even help to write down some simple directions for them to follow,
and to keep their medicine in a convenient, easy-to-reach place.
Remember that this can be hard for them. Offering words of encouragement and staying positive are always important.
Make your home COPD-friendly
Another way to lend support is to make sure the patient’s home is free of common COPD irritants. Try to eliminate things
such as excessive dust, strong chemicals, and fragrant sprays or candles that can cause a COPD flare-up. Keep a humidifier
running so the air stays moist.
You can also consolidate the patient’s most-used items into a place that is easy to reach. This can help minimize trips up
and down the stairs, conserving energy and keeping the airways relaxed.
Live your lives
Living with COPD can be hard, but with proper planning and understanding, you and your loved one can still enjoy the world
around you. So don't get discouraged, consult with a doctor and make it a goal to get outdoors, to take a trip somewhere or
to revisit an old hobby. When managing COPD, the little things can go a long way.