If you happen to be caring for a senior loved one who struggles with COPD, you certainly are familiar with the fact that outdoor air pollution can aggravate symptoms. However, did you realize that low air quality in the home can also be troublesome? Purifying the air in the senior’s home can help everyone breathe easier and be more comfortable.
Use these air purification tips to improve living with COPD at home:
- Ban Smoking! Never smoke or allow others to smoke in your loved one’s home. If there is a fireplace in the house, be mindful that it can also be a source of aggravation for COPD patients.
- Lower Chemical Exposure. Household chemicals including paints and cleaning solutions can inflame COPD symptoms, so minimize the use of harsh chemicals and make sure lids are on cleaning products when not in use. There are also healthier cleaning alternatives such as vinegar and baking soda that can be considered.
- Minimize the Dust. Launder bed linens each week, get rid of clutter, and keep household pets off furniture to help decrease dust levels.
- Purify Your Air. Set up an indoor air filtration unit with a HEPA filter. Even though air pollution is not as bad in many rural areas as it is in the city, you can still certainly benefit from filtering your air and clearing away any potential air-borne pollutants or toxins regardless of where you live.
- Sweep the Floors. Maintaining clean floors cuts down on dust and allergen buildup. Keep in mind that hardwood floors are easier to maintain in an allergen-free state than rugs and carpets.
- Use a Humidifier. Dry air from the home’s heating system can aggravate COPD difficulties, as can air that is too damp. A goal of 40% humidity inside the home is typically preferred for those with COPD.
COPD sufferers can breathe easier with the help of Regency Home Care’s trained caregivers and our home care services that address:
- Education about COPD disease management
- Exercise to improve symptoms
- Nutrition and dietary guidance
- Psychosocial support
- Skills to best cope with symptoms
Our specially trained Atlanta home care team will first determine individual service needs and then develop a care plan in coordination with a client’s medical service providers. Whether the need is for just a couple hours once a week to allow family caregivers to take a well-deserved break, or if a senior requires full-time, 24-hour care – or anything in between – Regency Home Care is available to help with personalized in-home care. Call Regency Home Care today at 678.999.2446 to learn more about the ways in-home care can help.