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Senior Care in Lauderhill FL: Improving Lung Health

Senior Care in Lauderhill FL: Improving Lung Health

According to the American Lung Association, there are more than 11 million people in the United States who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and millions more don’t know they have it. COPD is a chronic disease in which the lungs become inflamed and breathing becomes difficult. People who have the condition suffer from symptoms like wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, the condition can get worse over time.  COPD can be difficult to live with, but the good news is that it is possible to improve lung health by following these tips.

Perform Breathing Exercises.

There are two kinds of breathing exercises that can improve breathing for COPD patients. Those exercises are:

  • Diaphragm Breathing: This exercise will help to strengthen the diaphragm, which will help the older adult to expend less energy to breathe. The older adult lies on their back with their knees bent. One hand should be resting on their belly and the other on their chest. During breathing, the person should attempt to keep their chest still and breathe using the stomach.
  • Pursed Lip Breathing: Pursed lip breathing helps to get old air out of the lungs. To do the exercise, the older adult sits in a comfortable position taking deep breaths through the nose. To breathe out, they purse their lips as though they are going to whistle and slowly let the air out through the lips, trying to take about three times as long to release breath as they did to take it in.

Senior care providers can remind older adults to perform breathing exercises properly throughout the day. The pursed lip exercise is useful in regulating breathing when the senior is feeling short of breath, so senior care providers can help them to do the exercise when breathing becomes difficult.

Keep the Home Clean.

Dust and indoor pollutants can make COPD symptoms worse. Keeping the house as clean and dust free as possible can help. Dust and vacuum on a regular basis. If the home has drapes or curtains, they should be washed frequently since they collect dust. A senior care provider can assist with keeping the house clean by performing regular weekly housecleaning tasks.

Maintain a Healthy Weight.

It can be difficult for people with severe COPD to keep weight on because they have to expend so much energy just to breathe. As a result, they need to eat more and focus on getting enough nutrients. However, it’s important that COPD patients also avoid being overweight as excess pounds can also contribute to shortness of breath. Senior care providers can help older adults to shop for healthy foods and prepare meals and snacks.

Attend Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

During pulmonary rehabilitation, patients learn techniques to help them cope with the disease. Medical professionals can also give them tips on eating well and exercising properly. The length of time the senior will attend rehabilitation will depend on the severity of their condition, but it is likely to require several appointments. A senior care provider can drive the patient to and from rehabilitation appointments.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Lauderhill, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.




About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.