If you’re a caregiver of someone with asthma or COPD, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be a particularly stressful time for you.
Here are some resources you might find helpful:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Articles for Family Caregivers at Family Caregiver Alliance
- Your coronavirus questions, answered: What families and caregivers need to know at Care.com
- Clear-Cut Steps for Caregivers Worried About Coronavirus Exposure at AARP.org
We’ve also put together this checklist to help you manage your patient or loved one’s health during this time.
Educating yourself on COVID-19
𝥷 Recognize the symptoms of COVID-19. In a previous post, we covered how to tell the difference between the cold, the flu, seasonal allergies and COVID-19.
𝥷 Stay up to date on the latest medical advice. The situation is developing quickly, and medical guidance may change. This list of resources gives you the latest updates from trusted sources like the COPD Foundation, Asthma and Allergy Foundation and CDC.
Preventing exacerbations of asthma and COPD
𝥷 Ensure your patient or loved one is adherent to their medication. Staying adherent to a prescribed medication regimen is one of the best ways to prevent exacerbations and stay out of the hospital.
𝥷 Stock up on supplies. Make sure you have a 14-30 day supply of medication on hand for their asthma or COPD. To learn how to get home delivery of your medication, read this post.
Staying healthy while social distancing
𝥷 Stay home. Encourage the person with asthma or COPD to stay home as much as possible, and take care to limit social contact yourself, especially with people who are sick.
𝥷 Wear a face mask. If your patient or loved one has to leave the house, make sure they’re wearing a face mask. You can watch a quick video on making your own mask at home.
𝥷 Clean and disinfect the patient’s home regularly, especially items they touch often, such as doorknobs, light switches, cell phones, car door handles and steering wheels.
𝥷 Ensure regular hand-washing. If you’re caring for a child or an elderly parent, make sure they’re washing their hands frequently. This list of resources can make hand-washing fun.
Don’t forget about mental health
𝥷 Practice small habits to maintain mental health. Exercising, staying in touch with loved ones and meditating can all help reduce anxiety and fight loneliness during COVID-19. This is important for the person you care for, but it’s just as important for you.
If you have questions about your or your loved one’s health, or either of you aren’t feeling well, contact your healthcare provider by phone or visit their website to determine whether you should be seen in-person.
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