Caring for someone with COPD can be as stressful as it is rewarding. Just remember that in order to care for someone else, you have to take care of yourself. The following tips can help you stay positive and avoid burnout.
Pay attention to how you're feeling. It's important to know when you need to take a break. Typical signs of caregiver stress are feeling sad or depressed, having little energy, or losing interest in personal relationships or hobbies.
Take time for yourself. Your role as caregiver is extremely important, but it’s equally important to take time for yourself. Keep your own hobbies and maintain your friendships outside of your relationship with your loved one.
Ask for help when you need it. Remember to ask family or friends for help with care if the burden becomes too much for you alone. There are also many caregiving resources that can provide useful tips, caregiving guides, and support.
Go to Resources & Support for helpful links to COPD support groups for caregivers.
Answering these questions can help your loved one and their doctor determine how well their COPD treatment plan is working.PLAN YOUR DISCUSSION