With nearly 12 million Americans living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and another 12 million not yet diagnosed, chances are high that you or someone you love is living with this troublesome lung disease. If you are the primary caregiver of someone living with COPD, you may feel unsure how to navigate the symptoms and stresses of COPD to ensure the highest quality of life for your loved ones. Roze Room Hospice provides specialized care for those living with end stage COPD, providing you and your loved one with exceptional care and support.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lifelong, progressive lung disease. People with COPD experience shortness of breath, fatigue, persistent cough, and other distressing symptoms.
Symptoms of COPD Include:
- Shortness of breath, even when at rest
- Fatigue, depression, anxiety, or stress
- Lung infections or respiratory failure
- Weight loss
- Accelerated resting heart rate
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Wheezing and chest pain
- Increasing emergency room visits or hospitalizations for complications
- Continuous oxygen or increased use of bronchodilators
- Feeling the need to call your doctor’s office with questions about medications or symptoms
Living with COPD can be a roller coaster for both the patient and family caregivers. There can be periods of stability when the patient shows no symptoms at all, and other times when there are serious flare-ups that are challenging to control. This unpredictability makes caring for COPD difficult to manage alone. With our team’s support, symptoms can become more manageable, stress can be reduced, and those living with COPD can enjoy an enhanced quality of life as long as possible.
Help for COPD Patients
Roze Room Hospice can greatly improve the quality of life for COPD patients and their loved ones. Our specialized teams of caregivers include registered nurses and hospice physicians uniquely trained in the management and treatment of COPD. By providing both medical and personal care to control symptoms and reduce anxiety, stress, and worry, we can improve the quality of life for families coping with COPD.
- Respite care services that give family caregivers a much-needed break while providing expert care for your loved one
- Prevention of hospital stays and unplanned ER visits
- Management of COPD symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, stress, depression, and more
- Education about medication and coping with stress and issues related to the illness
- Whole-person, patient-focused care including physical, social, spiritual, and emotional support
- Patient and caregiver access to a registered nurse 24/7 for symptom management
- Education about the disease process, helping you understand your loved one’s disease and how to prepare for changing needs
- Full support from the Roze Room team including our physicians, nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers
It’s important to understand the symptoms of the disease, its progress, and when it’s time for Roze Room to bring an extra layer of support. COPD is a progressive disease and as the disease advances, COPD patients and caregivers may want assistance with managing the increasing needs of the patient.
In general, people living with COPD may be eligible for our care when they exhibit one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath at rest and with any activity
- Recurring respiratory infections
- Using multiple inhalers with poor response
- Increased need for assistance from bed to chair
- Fatigue and/or increased cough
- Has made repeated trips every few months to the emergency room for respiratory failure or lung infections
If you are a family caregiver and have questions about the management of COPD and how to improve peace of mind and quality of life, we can help.