Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe and worsens over time. COPD affects approximately 12 million people and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Who Gets COPD?

COPD is most prevalent in older adults, particularly males, and is often caused by smoking tobacco. In developing countries, poor air quality in the home or workplace is thought to play a larger role than it does in the US. Exposure to air pollutants, genetic factors, and respiratory infections may also play a role in developing COPD.

Certain groups are at a higher risk for COPD, including:

  • Current or former smokers
  • Older adults (65+)
  • Retired, unemployed, or inactive adults
  • Workers in industries with poor indoor air quality
  • Current or previous respiratory infections
  • Those with a history of asthma

Forms of COPD

COPD can take two main forms: Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema. In some cases, those suffering from COPD may experience both.

  1. Chronic bronchitis occurs when airflow is obstructed by inflammation of the air passages on a regular basis.
  2. Emphysema destroys the actual lung tissue, specifically the alveoli, which results in overall deterioration.

Managing COPD

There is no cure for COPD and doctors are unable to reverse the damage it causes. However, with treatment and lifestyle changes, you can slow its progression so that you can feel better and maintain your lifestyle.

Treatments include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting prescription inhalers or neutralizers, which make it easier to inhale deeply and open airways
  • Going through oxygen therapy for shortness of breath
  • Starting pulmonary rehabilitation therapy programs
  • Undergoing surgery (recommended in severe cases)

How Our Care Team Can Help

We provide seniors with a range of personal care services to promote health and independence, making it possible for the elderly to age where they want to age⁠—at home.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. With our personalized care plans, our clients choose the amount and type of care they prefer.

Home Care Services

Our services many include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring medication is taken as prescribed
  • Watching weight gain (weight can be a major problem for COPD patients)
  • Helping clients to avoid pollutants, fumes, perfumes, and dust
  • Helping clients to avoid crowds where they may be exposed to colds or the flu
  • Watching for signs of sleep problems, which are often found with COPD patients
  • Assisting with breathing exercises
  • Making sure oxygen therapy is followed as prescribed

Care Management

Our care management solutions include but are not limited to:

  • Initial assessment and routine evaluation to develop a Plan of Care
  • Coordination, communication, and collaboration with the care team and the family
  • Providing education about treatment options and serving as a resource to clients and their families
  • And many more!
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