COPD Care

ConsidraCare caregivers are professionals and can provide specific COPD Care to elderly loved ones in the comfort of their own homes.

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a group of inflammatory diseases affecting the lungs which cause airflow obstruction and difficulty in breathing. There are two main types: chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Both are chronic conditions and can become life-threatening. It is very common in smokers.

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Over 15% of Canadians aged 65 or older are living with COPD

Early warning signs

What are the early warning signs of COPD?

What is the impact of COPD on quality of life?

COPD causes breathlessness and affects the quality of life. As symptoms get worse a person may be unable to perform daily activities and can become dependent upon other people. In the later stages, a COPD patient may need oxygen daily to be able to breathe. Not only physical but mental health also gets impacted and it can cause severe depression and anxiety.

Impact on Quality of Life

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Mild COPD-No symptoms: During stage-I COPD, you don’t feel difficulty in breathing unless you are walking fast, hiking, or running.
  2. Moderate COPD-Fewer Symptoms: During stage-II COPD, you feel breathing difficulty while walking on a ground level and you may also feel the need to stop and breathe every few minutes.
  3. Severe COPD-More Symptoms: Stage-III COPD makes it difficult for you to breathe while completing everyday tasks (e.g. dressing, toileting, and grooming).
  4. Extreme COPD-More Symptoms: The final and most severe stage of COPD is stage-IV. Even when resting or sitting, you may have shortness of breath in the last stages of COPD. Heart or lung failure may potentially result from COPD in stage IV.

Most Stage-IV COPD patients require more oxygen. But it can also be used if the patient notices greater shortness of breath or if the oxygen level in their blood falls below 90% on a regular pulse oximeter. Right-sided heart failure can be avoided with enough oxygen.  

According to the Canadian Lung Association (CLA), carbon monoxide levels are cut in half compared to smokers after quitting smoking for eight hours. Therefore, if you stop smoking, your breathing will significantly improve within 2–7 months.

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