Published: Feb. 12, 2010
Updated: June 6, 2012
When you have a lung transplant at Duke, you are required to have a designated primary caregiver (a family member or friend), who will help you in a number of ways throughout the transplantation process.
It is best if your designated primary caregiver is one individual; however, it is understood that at times this role will need to be shared.
You will also need to have a designated secondary caregiver in place in the event that your primary caregiver is unable to meet all of your support needs. You cannot go through this surgery alone.
Your caregiver will assist you with transportation, medical appointments, home care, and daily activities.
You will need someone to transport you to the following locations:
It is critical that you and your caregivers learn about your care after you leave the hospital following transplantation. We request that your designated primary caregiver:
Your primary caregiver must be prepared to stay at home with you to provide continuing post-transplant care and assistance during your recovery. The following are examples of how this caregiver can help with changes in how you take care of yourself and your home: