Stage 4: Info for Caregivers

Reviewed by Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS
Stage 4 of IPF requires advance oxygen needs, which means needing high-flow oxygen or when a lightweight, portable delivery system is unable to meet a person with IPFs needs.


How can the caregiver help someone with Stage 4 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

  • Learn the ins and outs of high-flow oxygen system at home, when away from home and when traveling. Calculate how long the portable oxygen system will last when away from home.

  • 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.

  • Remember to take care of yourself. Consider respite care. Consider palliative care and/or hospice care as indicated.

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