For Caregivers



If someone you know has recently been diagnosed with COPD, they are probably coping with a variety of different emotions. Here are some ways you can help them through this process.


  • Let them know that you are available to talk whenever they need encouragement.
  • Spend time doing things that take their mind off their symptoms, such as renting a movie or sharing a meal together.
  • Make your home and car smoke and trigger free.
  • Help them with a few chores, cooking, or anything that might lessen their stress.
  • Don’t offer advice, instead ask how you can help with the treatment plan they are using.
  • Stay in contact and check in regularly to ask how they are doing.
  • Encourage steps toward managing their symptoms and congratulate them on their successes

Here are a few ways you can encourage your loved one to take steps toward controlling their COPD symptoms.

  • Learn as much as you can about COPD and its symptoms and triggers and help your loved one make informed decisions.
  • Encourage your loved one’s independence. The more ownership of their COPD treatment plan, the more confidence and self esteem they will have regarding their own physical health.
  • Be an example and a partner in healthy choices. Tobacco smoke makes COPD symptoms worse. 
  • If you are a smoker, get help to quit. Call the State of New Hampshire Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to for free counseling and other resources. 
  • Make sure to take time for yourself and take care of your own mental and physical health.


  1. COPD Action Plan (writable pdf)
  2. COPD Insurance/Medication Form  (writable pdf)

Community Services Support

211 NH - Community Resources and Support
Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 866-444-4211, TTY Number: 603-634-3388 

NH ServiceLink - Aging and Disability Resource Center 

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