Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, AKA COPD, can be a very debilitating disease. COPD is an umbrella term that includes other specific lunge diseases like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Now this is not going to be a piece about quitting smoking or how smoking is bad, we all know this, but the facts around smoking and COPD are astounding. Smoking accounts for as much as 8 out of 10 people with COPD who end up dying. The number one way to prevent COPD is to stop smoking or stop exposing yourself to someone who does smoke.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s talk about what to do if you do have COPD. If you don’t already have a physician directing your treatment, getting one is the first step. There are many different treatment options ranging from inhalers to lung transplant, as a last resort if you qualify. There are so many different inhalers out here it is difficult to get them right and take them appropriately. If you are ever on a steroid like prednisone, the schedule to take those properly can be a challenge as well. To be successful in your treatment plan you need to make sure you are taking your medication properly and seeing a health professional regularly.
One of the services Carol offers is medication reconciliation and assistance. We will send one of our registered nurses to your house to review the medications with you. We will also educate you and your family on the right way to take them. A Carol nurse will help you with those pesky prednisone tapers and make sure you are taking the inhalers properly for the best results. Our goal is to make you successful and keep you out of the hospital and comfortable in your own home.