Are you caring for somebody with severe asthma

Caring for someone with asthma doesn't always mean you are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Caring means that you are there for someone close to you, whether this be as a friend, spouse, mother, father — or just a listening ear. Asthma is a long-term condition, and so caring for someone with asthma is a responsibility you are likely to encounter for an indefinite duration.

It's only to be expected if you feel the burden of the responsibility in looking after someone with asthma, especially if it is severe and/or uncontrolled. Ensuring you understand their asthma symptoms, triggers and medication history is an important part of caring for someone with asthma — this may mean going to doctor appointments and helping keep track of their medications, and symptoms.

The responsibility of looking after someone with asthma means you also need to be aware of how it affects you. So it's important to ensure you keep yourself in good health, this may mean:

  • Setting a regular time aside for you to do something you enjoy
  • join a carer support group
  • participating in regular exercise
  • eating well
  • getting enough sleep.

Reference: 1. Australian Government: Carer Gateway. Keeping healthy and active. Available at: https://www.carergateway.gov.au/keeping-healthy-and-active 
Accessed December 2016.