You may be searching for a thoughtful gift for your loved one who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here are 3 gift categories that can help you find the perfect present.
- Health Monitoring Tools
Finding ways to monitor lung health signs, like lung function, blood oxygen levels and others, is important for COPD patients. This is why health monitoring tools are a useful gift idea for your loved one with COPD.
For instance, portable fingertip pulse oximeters are fairly inexpensive, but they can help your loved one keep track of their pulse and blood oxygen saturation levels quickly and conveniently. Another monitoring tool that makes a great gift option for COPD patients is a portable lung health meter. These devices help patients measure forced expiratory volume (FEV1), which is the amount of air they can breathe out in 1 second. Many lung health meters will store more than 200+ readings so you can track your lung health over time.
- Exercise Gifts
Exercise is vital for COPD patients, thanks to its many benefits. For instance, it can help improve your body’s ability to use oxygen and improve blood circulation. Exercise may also help increase your energy levels and even help you sleep better at night. Therefore, helping your loved one find ways to stay active is a great gift idea if they’re a COPD patient.
To help raise activity levels, you might consider getting your loved one some in-home exercise equipment. For instance, treadmills and exercise bikes offer low-impact exercise options for COPD patients. Even small pieces of equipment like wrist or ankle weights or resistance bands can be ideal gifts for COPD patients looking to be more active.
- Gifts That Reduce Isolation and Boredom
When someone is living with COPD, they may not be able to move around as much as they used to. This can lead to feelings of isolation and boredom. However, there are many gifts from you that can help your loved one with COPD feel more fulfilled and connected.
One gift option to reduce isolation and boredom is to get them some books or magazines to read. You can even purchase an e-reader for your loved one with COPD, but you may have to take some time to show them how to use it. A gift of streaming services like Netflix or Hulu may also help COPD patients relieve daily boredom by giving them lots of entertaining shows and movies to watch. Another great gift idea is buying your loved one a computer or tablet with Skype installed on it. This device can give them the ability to break their isolation by connecting more with friends and family.
Picking gifts from any of these 3 categories is a thoughtful way to show loved ones with COPD how much you care. However, you can also add the gift of spending time with them to any gift from these categories. For instance, you can show them how to use their new monitoring tools, or you could set up a weekly session to workout together. In fact, spending time with them may be an even better gift than the physical gift itself.
Lung Health Institute Offers the Gift of Breathing Easier™ to COPD Patients
For many COPD patients, finding ways to Breathe Easier can be the best gift. At Lung Health Institute, our health care team offers several services that may provide this relief.
We offer 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans are designed to help you Breathe Easier by boosting your immune system and helping your body use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Another service we provide is minimally invasive cellular therapy. This is a procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells, may promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.