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COPD Care: Reducing Indoor Pollution to Breathe Easier

COPD care begins with insuring healthy indoor air.

Family members providing COPD care for an older adult know that outdoor air pollution can exacerbate symptoms. But, did you realize that reduced air quality inside the home can also aggravate COPD symptoms? Cleansing the air in the senior’s home can help people with COPD – and everybody else in the home – breathe better.

The Florence home care specialists at New Horizons In-Home Care recommend these COPD care techniques:

  • Forbid Inside Smoking. Don’t ever smoke or permit others to smoke in the home of someone with COPD. If the home contains a fireplace or woodstove, know that it can also be a source of aggravation for the senior with COPD.
  • Prevent Chemical Exposure. Chemicals in the home, like cleaning products and paint, can stimulate COPD complications, so limit the use of them, and make sure to keep lids on cleaning products when not in use. It is also a good idea to look into healthier cleaning choices, including vinegar and baking soda.
  • Reduce Dust. Wash bed linens every week, clear away clutter, and make sure pets stay off furniture to reduce the amount of dust and dander.
  • Clean the Air in the Home. Utilize an air filtration device with a HEPA filter. Even though air pollution is not as much a concern in rural areas as it is in the city, someone with COPD can still benefit from filtered air to eliminate irritants and toxins.
  • Keep Floors Clean. Making sure floors are swept and clean reduces allergen buildup. Bear in mind that wood floors are easier to maintain in an allergen-free state than carpeting.
  • Use a Humidifier. Dry air can make COPD symptoms even worse, as can air that is too damp. Aim for a level of about 40% humidity inside of the home for a senior with COPD.

COPD patients can breathe easier with the help of New Horizons In-Home Care. We can offer:

Our thoroughly trained and experienced home care team will first provide an in-home consultation to develop a plan of care to address your loved one’s concerns. New Horizons In-Home Care is here to help with customized home care services in Florence and several other Oregon communities. To learn more about the many ways our professional home care can help, contact us at a location nearest you: Florence: 541-997-8115, Salem: 503-400-3000, Eugene: 541-687-8851, or Corvallis: 541-752-9059.

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J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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