There's more to managing COPD than medication alone. As a caregiver, there are many things you can do to help your loved one, from keeping track of how their symptoms progress to simplifying everyday tasks. Explore some of the things you can do below, and download our Caregiver's Guide to learn more about giving care.
COPD is underreported, and the disease often goes unrecognized until people are very ill. Many smokers delay seeking treatment for “smoker’s cough” because they dread receiving bad news. If you believe your loved one may have COPD, please see a doctor to get evaluated.
Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. may have COPD with as many as 12 million undiagnosed.
What you don't know may make it harder to care for your loved one. Being aware of symptoms and risk factors — like shortness of breath and smoking — will help you and your loved one communicate with your loved one's doctor to manage the disease.
Visit our COPD section to learn more, or download our Caregiver’s Guide.
49% of caregivers feel stressed at doctor’s appointments because they don’t know enough about COPD treatments.
Get to know your loved one's treatment team and make sure to maintain open lines of communication with them. You can help by making sure that a doctor regularly reviews your loved one's COPD management plan. And be sure to also help your loved one keep up with that plan.
You may find it helpful to keep a log of how your loved one feels day to day. Bringing these notes to the doctor's office can help the doctor see how your loved one's COPD is progressing. Download our My Diary tool to help track your loved one's symptoms.
74% of COPD caregivers say that their loved one’s doctor values their role as a caregiver and recognizes that they are critical to their loved one’s health and welfare.
Keeping track of a loved one's COPD can help you anticipate what kinds of symptoms are likely and help you and your loved one talk with healthcare professionals.
By using our downloadable My Diary tool, you can help track how your loved one's COPD symptoms progress day to day.
76% of COPD caregivers feel that they play an important role in the discussion of potential treatments because they know what to expect.
Survey funded by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.