Helping your loved one cope with COPD

What can I do for my
loved one day to day?

If you’re caring for someone with COPD, the earlier you can help your loved one start making healthy decisions—like quitting smoking, eating well, and staying active—the better you’ll be able to help manage his or her condition.

Go to About COPD for tips on helping to manage the disease through lifestyle changes and for other facts about COPD.

Here are some additional things you can do:

Day-to-day tasks

  • Offer to help with activities that your loved one may find tiring, like cooking or cleaning
  • Place frequently used objects in easy reach to help simplify everyday tasks
  • Help plan appointments, like dental visits, eye exams, and haircuts

Activities and hobbies

  • Consult your loved one’s health care provider to set up a suitable exercise program
  • Look for appropriate exercise classes or group activities at your local community center
  • For a change of scene, encourage outside activities and hobbies when possible

Social opportunities

  • Arrange for regular visits or phone calls from family and friends
  • Find a COPD support group—if nothing is available locally, many exist online
  • Get other family members and friends involved in caregiving duties
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Answering these questions can help your loved one and their doctor determine how well their COPD treatment plan is working.

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