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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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COPD Caregivers: 3 Ways to Help a Loved One Quit Smoking

By Do More With Oxygen

Thu, May 14, 2015

As a caregiver for someone with COPD, you probably already know the importance of encouraging your loved one to quit smoking as well as the immediate and long term benefits of quitting smoking. Read on for three ways you can help your loved one with COPD quit smoking: COPD_Caregivers_3_Ways_to_Help_Loved_One_Quit.jpg

 

Provide emotional support1:

  • Make sure they know you are there to talk whenever they need some encouraging words.
  • Brush off any grumpiness from your loved one and repeat to them that you know their symptoms and feelings are real but that they will not be permanent.
  • Try to see things from your loved one’s point of view. They may feel attached to smoking because it has always been there to help them through rough times—and now they have to give it up.
  • Be positive. If you tease, scold or nag your loved one during this process, they may begin to feel worse about quitting.
  • Celebrate little and big accomplishments. Quitting is a big deal, so make sure your loved one is also excited about hitting goals.

Make a plan1:

  • Decide on a start date and help clean their house before the first quit day. You can help wash clothes, linens and carpet to remove any smoke smell.
  • Consider picking out air fresheners to help remove the smoke smell from their car if they typically smoke there, too.
  • Remove any ashtrays or lighters from their home, car and workplace. You don’t want anything that will remind them of smoking to be visible.
  • Determine what kinds of food your loved one will want to snack on when they get cravings. They may want something chewy or hard like candy.
  • Think about different activities you can do together to keep their mind off smoking. It can be as simple as a daily walk together.
  • Remember: You should never smoke if you are on oxygen or around someone who is on oxygen.

Share your experiences2:

  • Are you an ex-smoker? If so, let them know you understand what they are going through and that you know it is a hard process.
  • Are you a current smoker? If so, let them know. Promise them you will not smoke around them. Tell them if you are trying to quit or have tried in the past. Consider trying to quit with your loved one.
  • Have you never smoked? Let them know you are there for them, and if you know people who have quit, share their stories.

Quit Smoking

 

Sources:

  1. Cancer.org. Accessed 1/12/15.
  2. Web MD. Accessed 1/12/15.

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