According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as Emphysema is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Like many other diseases, progressive means that they get worse over time.
Symptoms of COPD may at first be nonexistent or mild. As the disease continues to get worse, the symptoms become more severe. Some symptoms of COPD include:
An ongoing cough or a cough that produces a lot of mucus (often called smoker's cough)
Shortness of breath, especially when triggered by physical activity
Wheezing or a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe
More severe symptoms may require hospital treatment. You should seek emergency care if you are experiencing the following:
You are having a hard time catching your breath or talking
Your lips or fingernails are turning blue or gray (this is a sign of low oxygen levels in your blood)
People notice that you are not mentally alert
You have a fast heartbeat
Your current treatment for symptoms are not improving
Just because you have COPD does not mean that you don't have to live a happy, normal life. The question is, if you are the primary caregiver for a loved one with COPD, you might be asking yourself, "When is it time to get extra help?" Every caregiver reaches a point of physical and emotional exhaustion when caring for a loved one full time. It is important to find a healthy balance for yourself so you can get rest. With the help of Senior Helpers, not only do you get a break, but our caregivers can provide your loved one can get one-on-one assistance with:
Transportation to and from doctor appointments
Caring companionship and conversation
To be a better caregiver for your loved one, you need to take care of yourself first. At Senior Helpers we can give you the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in good hands.
Senior Helpers – Sacramento/Placer provides compassionate caregivers to help our local seniors with day-to-day tasks such as housekeeping, meal prep/planning, and transportation as well as providing assistance with bathing, dressing, medication reminders and more. Our mission is to improve the life of seniors and help relieve the burden on their families. If your loved one lives in Sacramento or the surrounding areas (Roseville/Rocklin, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove) and you would like more information, please call us at 916-671-5777 or click the Contact Us link at the top of this page.
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other healthcare provider. Always consult your healthcare provider about your medications, symptoms, and health problems.