Caring for a Loved One With COPD

COPD can be a very difficult condition to live with. Symptoms like shortness of breath and severe fatigue can force a patient to rely on caregivers for a wide range of help—from taking them to the doctor to everyday tasks like cleaning and grocery shopping. And for a close family member and loved one, performing these small things may seem like a small and more than worthwhile sacrifice.

However, it is essential for COPD caregivers to take care of themselves, too. If you aren't well, you won't be able to keep your loved one well. 

Resources for Caregivers

COPD Caregiver's Guide

When your loved one suffers with COPD—and every precious breath they take is labored—it can be painful to watch, and may make you feel helpless.

Recognizing When Your Parent Has COPD

Knowing how to recognize when a loved one has a problem can be tricky and sometimes frustrating.

Help Your Parent Get Help

Help your parent push through the denial and get the care they need to effectively deal with their condition.

COPD and the Flu

While most of us can take on the flu handily, those with COPD can suffer severe complications if they catch a seasonal bug.

Dealing With Isolation

Many people with COPD end up isolating themselves more often as the disease worsens.

How to Assess if Your Treatment is Working

Once your loved one begins a treatment plan, you’ll want to occasionally check in with the physician to ensure that treatment is progressing as expected.


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