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5 Leading COPD FAQS for Caregivers

4 Nov 2017
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5 Leading COPD FAQS for Caregivers

Being a caregiver is tough work. Here are some COPD FAQs and a little support to get the job done without losing your hair.

For those who care for loved ones with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the daily physical and mental challenges can be overwhelming. According to the Pew Research Center, there are currently 40.4 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. with 9 out of 10 of these caregivers providing care to an aging relative—usually parents. As the baby boomer generation continues to age and become the fastest growing demographic segment in the U.S., it has become clear that the younger generation (Generation X) has had to step up in order to accommodate the changing health of their family and loved ones. Although reactions to the necessity of caregiving can be mixed, with aging patients feeling as though they may be a burden to their loved ones and loved ones feeling compelled to help despite the physical and mental toll, caregivers often feel the brunt of this assistance. In many cases, caregivers can feel overwhelmed and just need a little support.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give a helping hand with our 5 Leading COPD FAQS for Caregivers.

COPD FAQs for Caregivers

5. How Can I Find the Time to Help?

Finding free-time when burdened by a busy schedule can be difficult. When looking to create opportunities to provide more care for an aging parent or relative, it’s important to create time for oneself as well as for one’s loved one. There are 16 waking hours in the day, with 8 presumably being dedicated to work. For the remaining 8 hours, it takes effort and planning to make sure those hours are utilized to the absolute max. If you plan your day out down to the minute, you won’t waste a second.

4. Where Can I Find Help in My Community?

A terrific resource to use is Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116) which can direct you to the Area Agency on Aging in your local area. They can provide information on resources that serve persons aged 60 years or over.

3. When Is It Time to Ask for Help?

Caregiving can be a stressful endeavor, and it’s important to maintain one’s health and quality of life as much as possible. During times of intense stress, it’s expected that you may feel sad or moody, to cry, to have a low energy level, have trouble eating or eating too much and losing interest in your passions and hobbies. When you notice yourself start to feel some of these symptoms, it may be time to recognize that you are overwhelmed and need help. And remember, it’s okay to ask for help and to take care of yourself as well.

2. What Do I Do When I Need Help?

When you feel as though you may be at your breaking point, it may be time to ask for help. Talk to your family doctor, a family member, a friend or even a neighbor and ask for a little help from time to time. If you feel completely bogged down or uncomfortable sharing how you’re feeling, consider talking with a mental health professional. Because mental health counselors have varied knowledge, resources, and tools, they can help you learn ways to cope with the challenges you’re facing, teach you techniques for remaining calm and be an objective listening ear.

1. What Resources Are Available to Me?

For support, COPD360social is a networking platform available for COPD caregivers. Within this online social group, members can share information, stories and support other caregivers. If you prefer meeting in person, talk with your doctor or local hospital to find caregiver groups in your area.

The Relationship Between Caregivers and Patients

The profile of a caregiver is typically a child or relative of an aging patient and is usually a woman. These caregivers are roughly 45 to 64 years old and make up 23% of adults within their age bracket. To put this into perspective, in 2009, over 20% of Americans over 75—more than 3 million older people—required assistance with basic activities such as using the telephone, traveling outside the home, preparing meals, doing housework, taking medications and managing money.

In judging the type of care received by aging parents, it may be quick to assume this type of help is strictly financial. In fact, most caregiving for seniors is through the execution of basic tasks such as errands, housework or home repairs.

5 Leading COPD FAQS for Caregivers

Caring for Those You Love

It can be incredibly difficult to balance your love for the individual you’re caring for and the responsibilities of your own health, life and well-being. In many cases, caregivers are both overwhelmed professionally, financially and physically, as the task—and toll—of caregiving for a parent or relative can feel as if it is a non-stop second job. The stress of this role may feel as though it is in direct conflict with the love and sense of responsibility for caring for a relative, parent or loved one, and in many cases, the personal health of the caregiver is often the thing that loses. In this sense, it is important to achieve a sense of balance in one’s life and the life of the person you may care for.

Moving Forward…

Thanks to the care, love and support of caregivers like you, many people with COPD and other chronic conditions are able to live a fuller, more enjoyable life. We hope these COPD FAQs help you. It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

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9 Comments

  1. Melanie Spencer

    1 week ago

    This is for Lisa PELLOCK….I was reading on here due to the health/Copd of another family member. Your comments about your husband prompted me to write. A year ago my husband had open heart surgery, was recovering well, and 5 weeks later his energy was declining, and got progressively worse. It took several months and testing but ended up WITH surgery to remove his left inferior parathyroid (Surgery), in April 2017. He is back walking 5 miles a day, 5 days a week. It is possible that it is something totally unrelated, such as with my husband. It might be worth checking with His Primary care doctor for a referral to an endocrinologist. My best to you. If his primary care doctor would agree to lab work, doing blood work for the PTH (parathyroid hormone) And also calcium level are two beginning steps.

  2. Lung Institute

    2 months ago

    Pamela:

    Thank you for the comment. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Our procedure is outpatient and typically requires a two-day stay. You will need to contact one of our patient coordinators to discuss cost and qualifications.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Bob,

    I am sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. Receiving a diagnosis can be very scary, but there are things that you can do to improve your quality of life. If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy, please call (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator, who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

    Thanks,

    Lung Institute

  4. Bob Ruff

    4 months ago

    Dear sir;
    I just contacted you about my copd. However this is the only way i have for you to contact me in return as my phone is curr out of service.
    I am a 70 year old male lung patient. I live in indiana. AccORDING TO THE “sniff TEST IWAS GIVEN, MY DIAPHRAGM IS PARALYZED ON THE RIGHT SIDE. CAUSE UNKNOWN. THE CAPACITY IN MY LEFT LUNG IS MINIMAL ACCORDING TO MY LATEST PFT.
    CONSEQUENTLY I AM SCARED AND VERY WORRIED ABOUT MY FUTURE. I BECOME WINDED UPON ANY EXERTION. LOOKING FOR HELP. PLEASE

  5. PAMELA CAMERON

    4 months ago

    My husband has COPD. WHILE HIS CONCERNS IN CONTACTING YOU ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE COST OF THE PROCEDURE. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THIS ISN’T AN ISSUE. HOWEVER, IF YOU COULD GIVE ME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS TO COST, TIME SPENT AT LUNG INSTITUTE, AND STIPULATIONS FOR QUALIFICATIONS, I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE.

  6. Phoebe

    6 months ago

    Dear Lisa,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges your husband faces with his chronic lung disease and not having any energy. While stem cell therapy is not a cure for chronic lung disease, it has the potential to promote healing from within the lungs. While some people see improvements quickly, typically people notice improvements in their lung health between three and six months after their treatment. We recommend that your husband call his doctor to tell his doctor about his extreme fatigue and to gain his doctor’s guidance. In addition, we recommend you call your husband’s patient coordinator to talk about what’s going on. His patient coordinator would want to know how he’s doing and would want to help answer any questions you have. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we can connect you to your husband’s patient coordinator. We wish you and your husband the best, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Lisa Pellock

    6 months ago

    My husband and I went to the lung institution in march 2017. Ever since the last treatment my husbands oxygen remains in the 90’s however his energy level is zero. I’m very worried about him. He can’t cook, take walks or do any kind of yard work without being totally exhausted for the next 2 days. It’s very disappointing for me to see him like this. He doesn’t feel sick he just doesn’t have any energy at all! He tells me that he hasn’t shared this concern with his doctor. He used to always out walk me. You would never know we were together because he was always 10 feet ahead of me. Now since the stem cell treatment i constantly out walk him. Today we went to the grocery store and he had to go out to the car because he was so tired. His oxygen might be better but his over all health has drastically deminished. He doesn’t agree with me but i can see the difference and i don’t agree that this was the complete answer. He doesn’t have asthma attacks but he also doesn’t have the energy to get them.

  8. PB

    11 months ago

    Dear Marianne,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. Many of our patients have reported feeling better and breathing easier after treatment, and you can watch their stories by clicking here. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Marianne Markham

    11 months ago

    Do you accept insurance such as medicare complete? There’s no reason to go on, if not. I am certainly interested.

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