Bronchiectasis

Caring for someone with bronchiectasis

If you support someone who could not manage without this help, then you are a carer. Not everyone thinks of themselves as a carer – you might feel you’re doing what anyone else would to look after their loved ones.

People with bronchiectasis may not have any care needs at all. Caring for someone with bronchiectasis will vary depending on their specific needs, but at times being a carer can be tough, physically and emotionally.

Things you may be able to help with include medications such as nebulisers which require washing after every use, or sometimes taking antibiotics intravenously at home.

“I try to reassure her to say, ‘You know, it’s not as bad as that, try and be a bit more positive’.” Simon, whose partner lives with bronchiectasis

You may also provide practical support with things that are now difficult to do alone, or simply emotional support. You may find that you can help with self-management. For example, you may be the first one to recognise signs of a chest infection.

If you are a carer, having support from family members, friends and also the health care team is essential. You may be entitled to financial or other supportCall our helpline to find out more.

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