Caring for COPD at Home

You don’t have to manage COPD at home all alone. In-home care can help ensure a safe and comfortable home environment, free from allergens and other respiratory irritants, that can significantly impact a loved one’s quality of life.

Are You Caring for Someone with COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that worsen over time, progressively affecting breathing and air flow. COPD is quite common. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 15.7 million Americans (6.4%) reported that they have been diagnosed with COPD, and it was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2014.

COPD can cause a wide range of health effects, including shortness of breath, cough, insomnia, weight loss, depression, and anxiety. That’s what makes managing COPD at home by yourself so challenging.

LivHOME can help your elderly loved one cope with their COPD symptoms and maintain a healthy lifestyle, minimizing discomfort and decreasing the risk of social isolation—both of which are common in advanced stages of the disease.

In-Home Care Services for COPD

LivHOME supports families coping with COPD. Our professional care managers and caregivers can:

  • Provide medication reminders, assistance, administration, and reconciliation, as well as oxygen therapy at home if necessary
  • Teach your loved one how to recognize early changes in how they feel and to take appropriate action to decrease episodes of serious illness
  • Assist with physician follow-up appointments, including transportation
  • Help with the activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, and ensure your elderly loved one’s home is free of factors that may worsen the condition, such as very cold air, smoke, or other air pollution

Transitioning Home after Hospital Stay

Before your loved one is discharged from the hospital, a nurse will create a care plan for COPD. This discharge plan should address all issues related to the COPD, including how to manage symptoms, where to obtain services (oxygen supply, etc.), and when it’s appropriate to contact the physician or other medical professionals. In addition, the discharge plan should outline care for any additional conditions, including emotional challenges such as anxiety and depression.

Our LivHOME staff will adhere to that plan and ensure a smooth transition from hospital discharge to home. Remember: Safely transitioning from the hospital—and getting the care that’s needed once home—can help your loved one better manage COPD symptoms and reduces the risk of readmission.

Assistance with Activities of Daily Living

Caring for someone with advanced COPD at home involves a number of different responsibilities, such as assisting with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.), helping them maintain a healthy lifestyle, and engaging them in meaningful and joyful activities.

LivHOME caregivers provide in-home care assistance while ensuring your loved one’s home is free of factors that may worsen their condition, such as very cold air, allergens, smoke, or other air pollution.

Transportation to Appointments

One of the key responsibilities in caring for a loved one with COPD is managing their appointments. LivHOME can assist in managing appointments for COPD patients and provide safe, comfortable transportation to and from those appointments, as well.

Support with Palliative Care

LivHOME offers palliative care support to help manage the symptoms, pain, and stress that can accompany later stages of COPD. For example, our professional care managers can serve as a bridge between medical specialists and families to ensure that everyone understands the COPD palliative care plan. They can also provide medication reminders and are trained in talk therapy and other relaxation techniques to lower anxiety and depression.

Management of COPD at Home

Caring for someone with advanced COPD can be quite challenging—if you’re trying to do it all on your own. Since our founding in 1999, LivHOME has provided home care services to more than 25,000 families just like yours. We use a whole person care approach to managing COPD at home, one that prioritizes safety and comfort, while also delivering respect, dignity, and peace of mind.

To start the process, a LivHOME professional care manager will assess your loved one’s needs and perform a home care assessment and create a comprehensive care plan for COPD. That way, you can rest assured that the proper care and supervision will be in place, and that your loved one will be able to continue to live safely and independently in the comfort of their own home.