At Home Healthcare & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
How at home healthcare helps individuals face the challenges of COPD
Those suffering from COPD often struggle to live on their own. Shortness of breath, constant coughing, and trouble breathing can make simple activities of daily living like cooking and moving around the house a challenge; and instrumental activities of daily living like running errands nearly impossible. For individuals with COPD, living alone can be difficult or even impossible; but it doesn’t have to be. Comfort Keepers is well versed in handling all stages of COPD. Our Milwaukee at home healthcare experts are specially trained to handle specialized care services for those suffering from various conditions and illnesses.
Millions of people currently struggle with COPD. It is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. COPD begins developing slowly and worsens over time.
Smoking is one of the leading causes, so smokers should quit and avoid those who smoke.
Treatments and Lifestyle Changes
Although there is no known cure at the moment, there are some treatments and lifestyle changes that will alleviate symptoms and slow progression including:
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding lung irritants like dust or fumes
- Eating healthy
- Using bronchodilators
- Getting flu and pneumonia vaccinations
- Getting oxygen therapy
- Having surgeries like lung volume reduction surgery, bullectomy, or lung transplants
- Utilizing the help of at home healthcare
Types of COPD
COPD comes in two forms: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Emphysema is most often caused by smoking. It damages the walls of alveoli (the small air sacs in your lungs), this turns a collection of small chambers into one large chamber and makes it harder to fill. Damaged alveoli struggle to replace old air with fresh oxygen rich air. Common symptoms of emphysema include trouble breathing, chronic cough, and acute shortness of breath.
Bronchitis is when inflamed bronchial tubes (which carry air to and from your lungs) produce a thick mucus that blocks air passage. The most common symptom is a cough which produces a thickened, often discolored mucus. Chronic bronchitis develops when bronchial tubes are almost constantly irritated and inflamed. This constant irritation leads to a buildup of mucus in the bronchial tubes, leading to trouble breathing. Common symptoms include consistent coughs with thickened mucus, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and fatigue.
Comfort Keepers at home healthcare specialists are well versed in the nuances of emphysema and chronic bronchitis, providing appropriate care for each individual.
Living with COPD
Comfort Keepers will help you adjust to living with COPD, ensuring the highest quality of life possible. Your Milwaukee in-home caregiver will help develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you suffer from emphysema, your Comfort Keeper can help you avoid respiratory irritants and develop an exercise routine to help increase your lung capacity. Your Comfort Keeper can also ensure you avoid cold air and help maintain your humidifier if you suffer from chronic bronchitis.
Overcoming The Challenges of COPD Together With At Home Healthcare
Living with COPD, at any stage, comes with a unique set of challenges. Shortness of breath, trouble breathing, and other complications can make living on your own difficult, or even dangerous. COPD might make activities of daily living a challenge, but it doesn’t mean you can’t live your life.
A Comfort Keeper can help with simple activities of daily living like getting dressed, bathing, cooking, and in-home mobility. Comfort Keepers can even provide medication reminders, help with shopping, transportation to appointments, and other instrumental activities of daily living.
Contact Us Today
Our in-home care givers are trained to deal with challenges unique to COPD, and bring peace of mind to loved ones and ease of living to patients. Contact us to schedule at home healthcare services today. (414) 207-6894.
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