Many people affected by COPD experience challenges completing activities. These can range from attending to personal hygiene or undertaking household chores to shopping or attending appointments. While careful daily planning can assist with some of these tasks, it is easy to feel isolated, frustrated, and even depressed or burnt-out as a result. Carers, family members and/or friends may be able to assist with some tasks, however you may find yourself grappling with experiences that require others with in-depth insight or personal experiences to relate to, or offer you the consolation and support needed.
Peer support enables people with COPD to share similar understandings of challenges and help you through difficult times to live your best life possible.
Peer support provides opportunities to make connections with people outside the household who are living with similar experiences. Support can come in a number of ways:
Telephone group support
Online support networks
The benefits of getting connected with peer support include:
- A sense of belonging or understanding, and combats isolation
- Boosts hope and confidence
- Boosts self-esteem through opportunities to help others
- Strengthens partnerships with carers and healthcare members
- Receiving support that complements formal medical and support services
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