How can I care for someone with emphysema?

Your responsibilities as a caregiver for someone with emphysema will depend on the severity of the condition. People who catch their emphysema early enough may not need any help. Those with more severe cases, on the other hand, may be very dependent on their caregiver. Emphysema can make even the simplest daily task difficult, requiring a caregiver to help with everything from getting dressed to personal hygiene. You're also likely to be responsible for making sure your loved one or patient follows their treatment plan. This may involve taking medication on a daily basis and some type of physical exercise as well. If the emphysema is severe enough to warrant supplemental oxygen, you'll need to be in charge of that as well. This may require checking oxygen levels, storing spare tanks, and swapping them out when necessary. Talk to a doctor about what other responsibilities you might have as a caregiver.

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