Getting help when you need it is important to managing your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Family, friends and your healthcare team can support you. Group counselling and support groups can also help you feel less alone.
COPD Support Ireland
The COPD Adviceline is a freephone service for:
- people with COPD
- family members and carers of people with COPD
- healthcare professionals who support people with COPD
This service can help support you to better understand your symptoms and manage your condition.
Freephone: 1800 83 21 46, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
If you have COPD, you may have to give up work. This is because shortness of breath may stop you from doing what you need to do for your job.
If you're unable to work or caring for someone with COPD, there are some benefits you may be able to get.
Statutory Sick Pay
If you have a job but cannot work because of your illness you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay from your employer.
If you do not have a job and cannot work because of your illness, you may be entitled to Disability Allowance.
If you are caring for someone with COPD, you may be entitled to Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit.
You may be able to get other benefits if you have children living at home or if you have a low household income.
You may be able to claim tax relief on the cost of some treatments as part of your health expense annual return. Contact your local tax office or visit revenue.ie for more information.