Anyone who is on Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) will soon or later realize that he or she will need more than one oxygen unit to keep up with an active life. LTOT is not a life sentence but a life style and this means that you can continue with your day to day activities, move around, socialize and definitely not be tied down to the home.
But the practical side of things is that depending on the activity you are engaged in you will use different oxygen units.
A few simple examples:
– When walking from your bedroom to the bathroom, you need a light portable oxygen unit.
– In the car a portable oxygen concentrator will be your best bet.
– For sleeping, an oxygen tank could be an option or alternately the home concentrator unit.
– When you go out for an extended period of time, if you use an oxygen tank (compressed or liquid oxygen) it has to be a suitable size or another option could be a portable oxygen concentrator. One of the main concerns here is the length of time the oxygen supply will last at the appropriate flow.
The thing is that depending on what you are doing there will be a suitable unit you could use.
You also have to take into account the costs involved in having “x” number of different types of equipment for your oxygen needs.
Obviously you need your oxygen at the prescribed quantities and the prescribed periods of time and you have to cater to this in whatever combination of units you use.
One option that I have seen first hand and works very well for my Dad (as per his life style and oxygen needs), is as follows:
A home oxygen concentrator, two portable oxygen tanks and a portable oxygen concentrator.
– He uses the home oxygen concentrator to refill his two portable tanks and at night for sleeping.
– The portable tanks he uses for short periods of time in his house. When he goes to the bathroom or takes a shower. And as a back-up for any emergency.
– The portable oxygen concentrator he uses most of the time when he is moving about, in the car, or going anywhere for a reasonable length of time. (His batteries last for eight hours and he can plug in anytime). Traveling whether by car or by plane is no longer a major hassle.
This is one alternative, others will depend on the type of oxygen unit that you use.
Most combinations will include a home, non-portable, unit and a portable or mobile alternative. For this particular example, an active social life is possible with the added advantage of being able to refill the tanks at home.