Caring for My COPD
Caring for My COPD is a community-based program designed to enhance quality of life for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Program participants will:
The Caring for My COPD program provides a bundle of services throughout a 10-week session, followed by one year of telephone follow up and support. A few times a week, program participants will visit with a team of healthcare providers which may include nurses (RN/RPN), respiratory therapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, social workers, and psychologists, who will provide the following services:
- Case management by a Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) trained Coordinator who collaborates with your primary care provider and respirologist.
- Review and assessment of personalized COPD Action Plans.
- Group and individual COPD education, including nutrition, medication management and smoking cessation.
- Peer support.
- Supervised and personalized exercise programs.
- Individual counselling and spiritual support.
- Education sessions for family and caregivers to support individuals with COPD.
- Caregiver support.
The Facts About COPD:
- In the HNHB LHIN, 1 in 10 people over the age of 35 has COPD.
- In the HNHB LHIN, 1 in 5 people is readmitted to hospital for COPD within 30 days of discharge, and 1 in 3 is readmitted within 90 days.
- Difficulty breathing due to COPD is a leading cause of emergency department visits and hospitalizations in the HNHB LHIN and Canada.
This program is available to individuals with COPD, including those recently hospitalized due to their condition. To participate, individuals with COPD can be referred to a local program by their primary care provider, specialist, or a member of their health care team in hospital.