If you're providing care for a loved one who struggles with COPD, you are most likely aware that outdoor air pollutants can exacerbate symptoms. However, did you realize that bad air quality in the home can also be concerning?
Our FREE COPD Tip Sheet describes tips to prevent COPD or worsening COPD symptoms, signs that indicate a call to the doctor is needed and describes a breathing exercise that can help relieve the symptoms of COPD.
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COPD sufferers can breathe easier with the assistance of Amy’s Helping Hands. We can address:
For more tips on COPD care or to hire professional, reliable and compassionate in-home care or caregiver respite services, contact Amy’s Helping Hands at 519-915-4370.
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