A common concern for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory diseases is that difficulties in breathing will restrict their ability to carry out ordinary daily tasks and so remain living in their own home. But with the right support, some changes and adaptations to the home, plus use of equipment, most people with respiratory problems can and do enjoy living in their own homes for the rest of their lives.
In this brochure we briefly outline the main COPD and asthma symptoms and then consider what you can do to your home to make living with these conditions more manageable. We describe the range of alternative housing options and offer suggestions about where to find more detailed information, advice and help for your particular situation. These notes are particularly for older people who may be considering their long term housing and care options anyway.