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Father with copd

Hi everyone just reaching out as my 81 year old father has COPD and is in stage 3. He has had a few hospitalisations and needed oxygen/antibiotics. He has just had another flare up due to a chest infection and the nurse/doctor has said that when sitting down his oxygen level is 89 but when walking it can go down to 86/87 and that he may now need supplementary oxygen at home. Is anyone at this stage with COPD? Not sure what advice I am looking for but just wanted to hear others stories. If so is there any things he can do to ‘slow’ things or is there nothing once you get to this stage.


  1. Hi Kindlelondon and, WELCOME ABOARD. You have certainly come to the right place as, here at COPD.net, we are all about all aspects of the pulmonary disease, COPD. I see my colleague, , and community member, , have already shared some ideas and links to helpful references.
    I also have something to contribute. In your initial post, you mentioned the concept of slowing down the progression of COPD. There are in fact, adjustments that can be made to one's lifestyle that may help with that concept. I thought you might gain some additional insight from this article on that very topic: https://copd.net/living/progress-can-be-slowed. I do hope you find the information is helpful in a practical way.
    Please know you are always welcome here in our online community. If there is anything we can do to assist, please let me or any other moderator / team member know. We will always be happy to assist you in your dad's best interest.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

    1. Thank you so much for the warm welcome and sharing links to those articles I will have a read now. Thank you i appreciate your feedback and that is very good to know about the oxygen needed. I will definitely push for this now as you are not the only one who has mentioned this to me. In regards to your oxygen which machine do you have? And how do you find it when taking it outside?

      1. My full-size home concentrator is a Philips Respironics Even-Flo, with bubble humidifier. I am on it 24/7, set at 3 LPM. I've been on it since May of '21. My new POC (Portable Oxygen Concentrator) has not arrived yet, Due to Covid-related supply issues with oxygen equipment. It has been on order for 8 weeks now. I will be happy to get it so that I can actually go outside again! I also am waiting on an NIV machine (Non-Invasive Ventilator) which will help me sleep, as I get very little sleep right now. It is also on order. All these devices and all supplies for them are being provided by Medicare, with service and all assistance by my local (city) oxygen provider, who also provides my nebulizer and albuterol. All these devices and their supplies are needed for proper care of COPD patients and should be provided to your Father. With the SATs you quoted I'm quite sure he is qualified for all of this. You shouldn't even have to ask, so someone needs a good scolding. Mine are also all paid for in full by Medicare and free to me, along with a doctor and nurses as well who come to my home weekly as caregivers (part of that is paid for by my Plan G supplemental insurance, but most of it is covered by Medicare. Kepp us posted on how this is going!

    2. Hi welcome to our community! Your father is very lucky to have you in his corner! I am confident our other community members will chime in with their experience but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few articles that you might find helpful for your dad: https://copd.net/clinical/tips-staying-healthy-severe-stage, https://copd.net/clinical/home-oxygen-benefits, https://copd.net/living/coping-strategies. Also, we know being a caregiver for someone with COPD can be really hard so here are some resources for you: https://copd.net/caregiver/resources, https://copd.net/video/caregivers-stay-calm. All the best, Sam S. (COPD.net, team member).

      1. Welcome! I can tell you I'm 70 with COPD, and my Dr. tells me it's not healthy for my 02 SATs to drop below 92 or 91, ever, as any time this happens, it is causing damage to internal organs. Over time, this will drastically shorten my lifespan due to that organ damage. So, I have a home oxygen concentrator and am on 3 liters per minute 24/7. This helps not only my heart and lungs but all my organs, even my eyes and brain. This is imperative! It's also standard here in the US, though I see apparently not in the UK. I don't know why the NHS has this policy, but I believe it is detrimental to patient health. Also, I'd guess your father is in Stage 4, not Stage 3, with stats like that. Your father needs to be able to have a constant resting SAT of 95-96% for best results, best organ health, and best comfort level. Period, and nothing less.

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