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:

  • Learn how best to manage their COPD at home and in the community
  • Experience smoother transitions between health care providers involved in their circle of care, for example shifting to community-based care following hospital discharge.
  • Get connected with a primary care provider and/or specialist, if needed.
  • Get connected with other supports and services in the community.
  • Receive a personalized Action Plan which details how to take care of yourself when you have a COPD flare-up.


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.

Get Involved

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.




Caring for my COPD Coordinator




North Hamilton Community Health Centre (NHCHC)
438 Hughson Street North            
Hamilton ON L8L 4N5                    

Maridene Haynes

Tel: 905.523.6611 ext. 3060

Program Brochure

Primary Care Referral Form


Grand River Community Health Centre (GRCHC)                                  
363 Colborne Street                                  
Brantford ON N3S 3N2


Matthew Burns

Tel: 519.754.0777 ext. 236


Primary Care Referral Form


Soigner ma MPOC
1 Vanier Drive
Welland ON L3B 1A1

Elsa Deyell
Tel:905.714.9935 ext. 2285

Program Brochure - English

Program Brochure - French

Primary Care Referral Form

Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls Community Health Centre (NFCHC)        
4790 Victoria Ave                        
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4C2        

Rebecca Swick
Tel: 905.356-4222

Program Brochure

Primary Care Referral Form