Caregivers play an important role in the treatment process of a loved one with lung disease because they are the main source of support. Therefore, it is important for a caregiver to gather helpful information and resources regarding lung disease in order to provide a quality level of care.
Lung disease refers to any disorder that causes the lungs to function improperly. The lungs are responsible for taking in oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. This gas exchange is a normal part of breathing. There are different types of lung diseases that interfere with the normal breathing process.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 120,000 Americans every year. People with COPD have partially blocked airways making it harder to get air in and out. This can make it difficult to perform even the most basic daily tasks.
Home care providers can implement small changes in the habits and behaviors of a loved one to make their life more enjoyable.
- Maintain a clean living environment – is helpful in preventing contagious diseases. Avoid being in close proximity to those who have a cold or the flu. Wash hands frequently.
- Promote emotional health – maintain a positive attitude and try to find ways that will allow your loved one to continue to enjoy the things they did before.
- Exercise – improves body strength and attitude. Consult with the doctor and develop an exercise plan that will be healthy for the lungs, heart, and muscles.
- Serve nutritious meals – include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein throughout the course of the day. Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.
- Follow up appointments – make sure that your loved one gets to their appointments and follows treatment instructions.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages – this may require other resources in order to get your loved one to avoid these harmful vices.
If your loved one experiences the following, call the doctor immediately:
- Bleeding from the nose or gums
- Pain while urinating
- Blurred vision
- Pink or red urine
- Black or bloody bowel movements
- Bruising without injury
- Tightness or pain in the chest
- Constipation that lasts more than three days
- Shortness of breath
A caregiver can have a challenging task when looking after a loved one with lung disease. It is often hard to watch someone you love struggle to breathe when doing routine daily functions. As emotional as you might be, it is important to focus on being positive.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of caregivers in Hilshire Village, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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