Stage 3: Info for Caregivers

Reviewed by Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS
Stage 3 of IPF is when oxygen is needed 24 hours a day, with activity, at rest and during sleep.


How can the caregiver help someone with Stage 3 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

  • Learn the ins and outs of oxygen systems for use at home, when away from home and when traveling.

  • Continue to be a second set of ears, with the durable medical equipment (DME) company as the oxygen needs change.

  • Continue to discuss and write down questions.

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

  • If you haven’t yet, get the book Adventures of an Oxy-Phile by Dr. Thomas Petty.

  • Remember to take care of yourself.


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