Provides at-home support for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Community Respiratory Services provides at-home chronic disease management, education and support for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
We work with you and your doctor to help you achieve your best respiratory health.
What services do you provide?
Respiratory therapists with special training (certified COPD or respiratory educators) provide you and your family with education and knowledge to help manage your respiratory health at home.
Respiratory therapists assess oxygen levels, provide breathing/blowing tests and discuss your current medications and health status.
Therapists also provide you with strategies to:
- Quit smoking
- Optimize the use of medications and other therapies to reduce your symptoms
- Exercise and improve exercise performance, including referring you to a respiratory rehabilitation program
- Recognize COPD flare-ups and initiate a self-management COPD flare-up action plan
- Determine when to seek medical attention
- Find information and resources to benefit your health
- Improve your quality of life
You must be diagnosed by a physician with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and be willing to actively participate in the program.
You can be referred by a physician, nurse practitioner, any other health professional or family/self.
Visit our home oxygen program or view the information brochures:
- Respiratory education: what you should know
Brochure to learn more about respiratory education.
- Home oxygen therapy: what you should know
Brocure about home oxygen therapy.
- BC Lung Association
The BC Lung Association prevents and improves lung health through research, advocacy, education and support.
- Canadian Lung Association: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, medication, flare-ups and triggers.
- Living well with COPD
Living well with COPD is a self-management education program developed to help people with COPD and their family to take charge and cope with their disease on a day-to-day basis in collaboration with their health care team.