Oxygen therapy lets you manage your symptoms and breathe more easily so you can enjoy your everyday activities.
Living with home oxygen therapy is an integral part of your respiratory treatment, and should help you enjoy a better quality of life on a day-to-day basis.
Oxygen therapy might take time to get used to - but you are not alone. Thousands of Canadians use oxygen therapy to breathe more easily, live longer, and make the most of each day.
Adopt habits like sitting down to take a shower, choosing clothes that are easy to put on, splitting your meals, and eating slowly.
Seek support from people you are close with, or ask your doctor or other healthcare provider about a support program near you. Be open about how you feel to lessen your anxiety about using oxygen therapy at home and in public.
Track your symptoms every day. Note what makes them go away and what triggers them.
Write down any questions you have for your doctor or other primary healthcare professional and ask them on your next visit.
Meet up with a friend, spend time with your family, take a walk outside, or do something you love.
Eat a balanced diet and drink enough water.
Ensure you have a smoke-free surrounding. Arrange for help if you need it for larger chores, and remove potential allergens like pets and dust from your surroundings.
Keep portable oxygen (either a portable oxygen tank or a portable oxygen concentrator) handy in case you need it, for example when your electricity malfunctions.
You can live a long, fulfilled life with COPD.
Tracking your COPD symptoms will help you stabilize them and improve how you feel overall. It is possible to live with COPD for many years by being active, eating healthy, and thinking positively.
By managing your COPD, you will be prepared for when you need to seek help. Stay indoors on very cold or hot days, avoid smoke or strong perfumes, and use gentle cleaning products at home.
It is also important to:
You may find it helpful to join a support group to meet other people who are also using oxygen therapy. Sharing stories and tips can be enjoyable and beneficial. Ask your healthcare provider to help you find a local group or visit www.lung.ca
With almost 50 years of providing home oxygen therapy to patients across canada, we support you 24/7 so you feel confident with your oxygen and get full benefits of your therapy.
Our therapists, drivers and support teams genuinely care about your health and well-being and will help build your confidence throughout your journey
We listen and observe to personalize your oxygen therapy and support you for better results
We focus on your safety, comfort and wellbeing in every choice and recommendation that we make
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