Problems with breathing can be a very big issue for a family member who is nearing the end of her life. This is especially a problem if your family member has a lung disease such as because her breathing is already labored. Some of these solutions can help your family member to breathe more readily.
Keep a Few Pillows Available
Sometimes changing the angle at which your family member is lying can help to alleviate some of her breathing issues. If you’ve got a few different sizes of pillows available, you can easily help her to adjust her angle. Trying different pillows at different times can give her the results she needs.
Consider Oxygen Therapy
Your family member might be avoiding curative treatments, but oxygen therapy is something completely different. Using oxygen treatments can help your family member to get the oxygen that she needs without having to worry about dealing with other treatments as well. Talk with her doctor about what this type of treatment entails to determine if it is something that might work for your family member.
Talk about Medications
Some medications can help with breathing issues. Pain medications can help to relax your family member, for example, especially when pain is causing her to be more uncomfortable than she should be. Anti-anxiety medications could also help. Sometimes medications that your family member already takes can be adjusted to help her to breathe more easily.
Try Turning on Fans or Opening Windows
In some situations, trouble breathing can tie in to a feeling of being closed in. opening a window or turning on a gentle fan can help to move air around the room, which can be a big help. Be careful not to turn fans on too high as that can quickly dry out your family member’s skin or make her feel too cold too quickly.
Practice Relaxation Exercises
Depending on the cause of your family member’s trouble breathing, relaxation exercises can help. Deep breathing and even meditation can help your family member to learn to calm and to deepen her breathing so that she is getting more oxygen. These types of exercises can work in conjunction with anti-anxiety medications, too.
Finding the right solutions for your family member might mean trying a few of these suggestions. Work with end-of-life care providers and your family member’s medical team to make sure that you’re covering all of the bases.
If you or an aging parent are considering end-of-life care in Bensalem, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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