Stage 2: Info for Caregivers Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS (September 01, 2017) 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. Stage 1: Info for Caregivers Stage 3: Info for Caregivers Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.