Stage 2: Info for Caregivers

Reviewed by Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS
Stage 2 of IPF is when oxygen is needed with activity but not at rest.


How can the caregiver help someone with Stage 2 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

  • Continue to be a second set of ears, with the health care provider, but now with the durable medical equipment (DME) company also. This is a new company you will both need to work with.

  • Continue to discuss and write down questions.

  • Learn the ins and outs of the new medical equipment. Examples include: oxygen systems, portable oxygen system and pulse oximetry

  • Encourage the person with IPF to live a full life, including regular exercise, healthy eating, rest and support from others.

  • Read the book Adventures of an Oxy-Phile by Dr. Thomas Petty.

  • Remember to take care of yourself.

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