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How to Help a Loved One with COPD Fight Fatigue

August 12, 2016

Home Care in Putnam NY

For a loved one who has COPD, chronic fatigue can present a serious problem. How you fight that fatigue with your loved one can make a huge difference.

Set up an Exercise Plan

Working with your loved one’s doctor, get an exercise plan in place. If your loved one hasn’t exercised before, you’re going to have to go slowly and start with a light exercise plan. As your loved one’s stamina and muscles build up, he’ll be able to do more exercise gradually. Keep your loved one’s doctor in the loop so that he’s aware of what types of exercise your loved one is doing.

Check out His Diet and Fluid Intake

If your loved one isn’t eating high quality, nutrition-packed foods, he’s not getting the fuel that he needs. Junk foods or foods with empty calories fill your loved one up, but his body can’t really do much with the empty calories. Another aspect to consider is that your loved one should start each day with a good breakfast to give him plenty of energy for the day. If your loved one isn’t drinking enough water, that can also make him feel fatigued.

Help Him Get Plenty of Rest

All too often, people with COPD find themselves tossing and turning all night and then barely able to get anything done during the day due to exhaustion. Help your loved one to set regular bedtimes and wake up times and stick with those. If you’re adding exercise to your loved one’s daily routine, that can help him to sleep more easily, too.

Help Him Reduce His Stress Levels

Stress is exhausting. You’ve likely experienced that as a family caregiver, but it can be just as exhausting for a loved one who has COPD. Work with your loved one to help him determine what works the best for him in terms of reducing his stress levels. He may find that other changes, like diet and exercise, work toward that end for him. He may also enjoy meditating, journaling, or even talking about what stresses him out with you or someone else.

Talk to His Doctor

If your loved one still finds that he’s dealing with a lot of fatigue, it’s time to talk with his doctor again. There may be other factors or illnesses that are contributing to his fatigue. With the help of your loved one’s doctor, you can determine what those other factors are.

Once you have a plan in place for battling your loved one’s fatigue, make sure that everyone from other family members to your loved one’s home care providers know what the plan is and how you’re planning on implementing it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Putnam, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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