Coping While
Caregiving

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Providing care to a loved one with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is important, but it's also important to remember to take care of yourself.

Continue reading to find helpful information on managing your role as a caregiver.

taking care of
yourself

A big part of being a good caregiver to a patient with IPF is taking care of yourself—both mentally and physically. Below are some practical tips to help you cope with life as a caregiver.

  • Have a friend or family member help with chores, such as shopping or cleaning
  • Remember that you're more than just a caregiver—make time for activities outside of your caregiving duties
  • When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try meditation or other relaxation techniques
  • Find caregiver support groups in your area
  • If possible, give yourself a break once in a while and hire someone to help care for the patient

"There are things you need to do for yourself ... in order to best help others, you also need to care for yourself."

Rick, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF

"There are things you need to do for yourself ... in order to best help others,Rick, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF you also need to care for yourself." 

Rick, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF

Rick, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF

finding
caregiver support

If you do not feel you can provide adequate care, talk with the patient and other family members. In some cases, a nursing home or assisted living home may be an option. You may be able to get financial assistance for respite care. Your Social Resource Specialist, who is available through OPEN DOORS®, can help you find resources.

Call OPEN DOORS at 1-866-OPENDOOR (1-866-673-63661-866-673-6366) to connect with a Social Resource Specialist

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