Pulmonary Care Program
Our Home Based Pulmonary Care Program can be ordered by your physician to extend his care of you at home and is provided to patients who suffer from chronic lung disease of any variety who have difficulty with use of various devices (such as incentive spirometers, flutter valves, nebulizers, or who may require chest physical therapy after recent hospitalizations for pneumonia or bronchitis). Your physician may also ask for a more intensive pulmonary program to optimize your condition prior to any surgery with pulmonary complications. We are there to improve your health when you are not well.
Our value-added pulmonary home care program can assist patients to:
- Better understand their respiratory condition
- Improve activity level and lifestyle
- Improve patient’s strength
- Overcome feelings of breathlessness
- Enhance patient’s sense of well being
- Increase (MET) metabolic equivalent of task level, which is a measure of energy levels
- Proper use of flutter valve, incentive spirometry and nebulizer therapy
- O2 desaturation testing
Who can benefit from this program?
Patients with a recent exacerbation of COPD that requires continued care at home especially those at risk of re-admission from recurrence, postoperative patients with pulmonary complications, patients who do not do well at home unsupervised to execute proper pulmonary care.
What does the program involve?
With a physician referral, a Registered Nurse, specially trained in respiratory assessment and treatments, will go to the patient’s home and complete a full evaluation and develop an individual plan of care.
This plan of care will include patient education on disease process, medication management, nutrition, and preventing/detecting & treating complications of chronic and newly diagnosed respiratory conditions.
Our highly trained nurses will also teach and assist with home treatments such as CPT (chest physiotherapy), nebulizer and incentive spirometer education.
Our therapy team will then conduct their own specialized evaluation to customize the best treatment plan to increase the patient’s endurance, strength, and tolerance for activities of daily living. Our occupational therapist will educate on energy conservation techniques.
Our physical therapist will construct an exercise routine that will assist in gaining strength and mobility while also assuring patient safety.
If needed, or requested, we will send a medical social worker (MSW) to evaluate and assist with financial and care needs. The MSW can make referrals to community resource agencies including assistance with obtaining medications and medical supplies.
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Download our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program guide.