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Tips for Helping Seniors with COPD Breathe Better

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a condition that can make it hard for your aging relative to breathe while doing their regular activities, or even while they are simply sitting still.
This can severely limit their life, keeping them from doing even the most basic of household tasks let alone being able to do the things they enjoy. To improve the quality of your older family member’s life, it’s important to find ways to help them improve their breathing. Below are some tips that may help.


Caregiver in Rochester MI: Helping Seniors with COPD

Caregiver in Rochester MI: Helping Seniors with COPD


Quit Smoking

If the older adult smokes, one of the best things they can do for improving COPD is to quit. Smoking damages the lungs. In addition, it puts them at risk for all kinds of other serious diseases. It can be hard to quit smoking, especially for people who have smoked for a long time. However, there are medications and techniques that can help. The senior’s doctor can help them with smoking cessation.

Home care providers can also assist seniors who are trying to quit smoking. For one thing, the senior might be less likely to smoke when someone is present who knows they are supposed to be quitting. Also, the home care provider can offer them a distraction when they have the urge to smoke.


Try Breathing Exercises

When breathing becomes difficult, it can make the senior feel a little panicky, which can make breathing even harder. Breathing exercises, such as pursed-lip breathing, can help them to focus on breathing and slow their breath. It also helps to keep airways open for a longer period of time, improving the way the body exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide. To perform pursed-lip breathing the older adult breathes in through their nose for about two seconds. They should pretend they are smelling something. Then, pucker the lips like blowing out a candle and breathe out through the mouth for four to six seconds. Repeat the steps several times.

A home care provider can remind the older adult to do breathing exercises and walk them through the steps. They can also help the seniors to stay calm when they are having trouble breathing.


Take Medicines According to Directions

The doctor has likely provided your aging relative with a treatment plan that includes medicines and when to take them. It’s important that they use the medications as instructed and at the times they are supposed to. Skipping doses or not taking the right amount can make symptoms worse.

If your older family member tends to forget things, home care can make sure their medications isn’t one of them. A home care provider can remind them when it is time to take their medicine and monitor them to ensure they take the right amount.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Rochester, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today.
Call (248) 274-2170.


Dina Zubi Hurnevich

Director and Co-Owner at Alliance Senior Care
Dina is the Director and co-owner of Alliance Senior Care, which provides care for seniors in their own home so that they may age in place serving Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties since 2009. Dina is also a Care Manager Certified (CMC) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

Alliance Senior Care provides all the services that a senior would need to remain in their own home, housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, bathing, dressing, shopping, errands and transportation to activities, as well as care coordination and Geriatric Care Management Services. Alliance Senior Care has expertise in providing dementia care, Alzheimer's care, hospice care, identifying alternative financing solutions and care coordination. Alliance Senior Care has developed relationships with the largest Long Term Care Insurance companies in the industry including; John Hancock, Lincoln Financial, Bankers Life, CNA and others. Dina has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. She left her career in corporate Finance to start Alliance Senior Care with her husband, Brian. Dina has also had the very personal experience of caring for her own family members. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association.

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