Stage 3: Info for Caregivers Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS (September 01, 2017) 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. Stage 2: Info for Caregivers Stage 4: 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.