Caregivers for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face tough but loving work, helping their family members manage the condition while still allowing them some independence.
“A caregiver can provide the best possible outcomes by educating herself about the disease and keeping tabs on what’s going on,” says Bill Clark, director of Outreach Programs for the COPD foundation, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and Miami, Fla.
Learning how to help can be overwhelming at first. But with education and relatively simple steps, you can keep your loved one as healthy as possible—and ease your burden, too. Here are some common scenarios and how to solve them.