COPD Management Program

We help you achieve good symptom control and quality of life with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Our professional caregivers and nurses are trained in and have extensive experience with managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

COPD is treatable, and with proper management, our professional caregivers can help you achieve good symptom control and quality of life, as well as reduce the risk of other associated conditions.

Recent COPD Management Resources

Monitoring and Managing Exacerbations

Our professional caregivers can help to monitor your condition and shortness of breath. Caregivers can help you conserve energy, monitor weight loss (a sign you have increased trouble breathing), and monitor warning signs of an exacerbation. An acute exacerbation may lead to lung failure if not properly monitored, and close supervision by a caregiver can make a substantial impact in treating COPD.

Managing Shortness of Breath and Engaging in Breathing Exercises

Our professional caregivers can help you manage shortness of breath by helping you sit upright after meals and strenuous activity to reduce pulmonary pressure. In addition, our professional caregivers are trained and experienced in administering breathing exercises such as “pursed-lip breathing” to help relieve shortness of breath. Caregiver reporting of changing conditions such as sleeping positon changes and increased swelling can help predict complications with COPD and reduce an unnecessary hospitalization.

Medication Management

Our professional caregivers can help manage your COPD by effectively ensuring compliance with medications prescribed by your doctor, including bronchodilators (inhalers, nebulizers, and pills), steroids, and antibiotics. Additionally, we can ensure you use your oxygen as intended by your doctor and get a flu shot to prevent bronchitis.

  • Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the fourth leading cause of death in the United States in 2018.
  • Almost 15.7 million Americans (6.4%) reported that they have been diagnosed with COPD.
  • More than 50% of adults with low pulmonary function were not aware that they had COPD,so the actual number may be higher.
According to the CDC, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD makes breathing difficult for the 16 million Americans who have this disease. Millions more people suffer from COPD, but have not been diagnosed and are not being treated. Although there is no cure for COPD, it can be treated.
 

Our specially trained COPD Management caregivers offer an expanded array of services to your loved one:

  • Encouragement to do as much as they can on their own
  • Personal care assistance, such as toileting, bathing and grooming
  • Mental  & physical stimulation through conversation and other activities
  • Maintaining a safe environment
  • Manage changing behaviors
  • Adapting the level of care as needs change
  • Honor who the senior was earlier in life
  • Provide nutritious meals
  • Assist with ambulation and socialization
  • Transport to medical appointments and other events
  • Support the family
  • Light housework and other household tasks
  • Pet cared

We’ve cared for thousands of families, including our own, and know that it can be overwhelming to care for a loved one. 

Let our team of experts make it easier for you.

The aid that took care of our parent was wonderful. Not only did she provide physical care, but she was also a trusted companion.

~ Darlene, Houston, TX