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Pulmonary Care & Management

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a number of degenerative lung diseases. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common forms of these diseases, and COPD is one of the leading causes of death for Americans. Patients suffering from COPD have damaged lungs and partially blocked airways, which make it very difficult to breathe. The symptoms of COPD usually do not manifest until significant damage has already been done. Symptoms generally include wheezing, chest tightness, and chronic cough. An exacerbation can include shortness of breath, which can be extremely dangerous. The disease will progressively worsen over time with- out the proper care, management and compliance.

While there is no known cure for COPD yet, the symptoms can be managed. A number of options are available to the patient, including inhalers for reducing inflammation of the lungs and anti-inflammatory medications, disease teaching and monitoring. Oxygen therapy, nebulized bronchodilators, and steroids may also be prescribed. And the patient’s physician may recommend physical therapy to maintain muscle while they are recovering from the disease.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Home Care Services for Pulmonary Management

HealthFlex Home Health Services offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to managing the symptoms of COPD. We can help patients in making the transition back home from the hospital more comfortable and safer (refer to Care Transition Program). And we will work with the patient, their family, caregivers, and physician to design a personalized program of rehabilitation that can include:

  • Education on how to recognize changes in symptoms early enough to take appropriate action
  • Medication reminders and assistance with administration of medication and oxygen therapy
  • Coordinating with the patient’s physician for visits and monitoring
  • Assistance with daily living activities, including bathing and dressing in the patient area; assessing the home environment to remove any factors that can exacerbate the condition
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