Respiratory Home Health Care Services

When living with a chronic health condition like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), respiratory failure, and other chronic respiratory conditions, breathing becomes extremely difficult. The skilled nurses at Nursing Plus of Broward understand the wide range of complications that accompany respiratory chronic conditions.

When a loved one is feeling shortness of breath or simply feels each breath requires effort, our trained nurses and home health aide specialists work together to develop a management plan and provide hospital-level care in the comfort of their home.

Chronic Respiratory Conditions

According to World Health Organization (WHO), chronic respiratory conditions block airflow, affecting the airways and other structures of the lung. Some of the most common chronic respiratory conditions include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory allergies
  • Occupational lung diseases
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Whether it’s a short-term or long-term respiratory condition, our skilled nurses and home health aide services can assist in treating and managing oxygen levels, so you and your loved one can function at an optimal level.

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

According to COPDFoundation, COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including:

  • Emphysema – The air sacs in the lungs, called alveoli, are damaged. The lungs are then stretched out and loose, creating shortness of breath.
  • Chronic bronchitis – The bronchial tubes, airways that carry air to the lungs, become irritated, swollen, and damaged, causing a long-term cough with mucus.
  • Refractory asthma – Also known as non-reversible asthma, is a severe and complex form of asthma, which causes airways to swell and produce extra mucus.

Home Health Care for Each Stage of COPD

The four stages of COPD range from mild to very severe, affecting everyone differently. That is why it’s important to seek medical assistance.

Our skilled nurses and home health aides bring both professionalism and compassion to make the process smooth for you and your loved one in a comfortable and familiar environment.

To understand how severe you or your loved one’s COPD is, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) created a staging system, also called a grading system, to help understand the severity:

  • Mild COPD – FEV1 about 80 percent or more of normal
  • Moderate COPD – FEV1 between 50 and 80 percent of normal
  • Severe COPD – FEV1 between 30 and 50 percent of normal
  • Very Severe COPD – FEV1 lower than stage 3

*FEV1 – Also called Tiffeneau-Pinelli index is a calculated ratio used to diagnose obstructive and restrictive lung disease

COPD Signs and Symptoms

Shortness of breath and coughing are symptoms often associated with aging. However, they can also be warning signs of COPD. The following are symptoms that slowly develop and sometimes don’t appear until it’s too late and your lungs are damaged:

  • Shortness of breath (especially when engaging in physical activities)
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Excessive mucus in your throat early morning
  • Chronic cough with mucus
  • Blue or grayish lips/fingernail beds
  • Lack of energy
  • Weight loss

Nursing Home Care for Respiratory Failure

Respiratory failure happens when blood doesn’t have enough oxygen or has too much carbon dioxide, and there are times when both situations occur. There are two types of respiratory failure: acute or chronic respiratory failure.

  • Acute respiratory failure – A short-term condition that occurs quickly (minutes to hours) and typically treated as a medical emergency.
  • Chronic respiratory failure – A long-term condition that gradually develops over time and requires ongoing treatment.

It’s important to keep in mind that both types of respiratory failures should be treated equally. When experiencing breathing difficulties, you and your loved one might need help with personal care and management. At Nursing Plus of Broward, our home health aide services help you and your loved one with daily personal hygiene, including:

  • Bathing assistance
  • Dressing assistance
  • Grooming assistance
  • Toileting assistance, and more!

Adjusting to new rhythms of breathing calls for oxygen therapy provided by our skilled therapists. We can help relieve pain, restore function, and obtain/maintain maximum performance by practicing:

  • Breathing exercises – helps with breathing muscles and receiving more oxygen
  • Aerobic exercises – improves blood circulation
  • Positioning exercises – helps improve lung volume and works on decreasing breathing efforts

Our Purpose

At Nursing Plus of Broward, we aim to continue the tradition of being 100% dedicated to providing the highest quality home-based patient care. Our professional, compassionate, and attentive team understand that each patient is facing a different situation, and that’s why we create specialized in-home care services to assist you and your loved one with maintaining personal hygiene and practicing healthy exercises.

Plus, our in-home care services can take place in the comfort of your own home. Your peace of mind is important to us and we understand how physically and emotionally draining this time might be for you and your family.

For more information about how the team at Nursing Plus of Broward can help you and your loved one treat respiratory conditions – acute or chronic- contact us today at 833-JFNURSE!

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