Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) In-Home Health Service & Care

Experience the CHAP-Certified Difference: Compassionate Care in Dallas-Fort Worth

We have a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team of COPD-specific care providers (skilled nurses, therapists, and caregivers) who work under the guidance of the DFW’s leading pulmonologists. 

Providing In-Home Care and Home Healthcare Services for COPD Clients.

Care Mountain’s highly specialized COPD in-home care programs can help you slow the progression of COPD, manage the condition at home with the right clinical supervision, and avoid unnecessary trips or readmissions to the Hospital, or ER. We bring to you one of the highest level of COPD-specific home health program expertise in DFW. 

We work closely with leading hospitals and pulmonologists across DFW that rank nationally for COPD, including Baylor University Medical Center, and Parkland Health’s COPD specialists 

What is COPD?

COPD is a group of inflammatory lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that have their cause long-term exposure to cigarette smoke and other environmental irritants. COPD is a progressive condition without a cure. Individuals suffering from COPD have
a greater risk of lung cancer and heart disease than those without, but it is possible to control symptoms and preserve quality of life. 

Why is COPD a problem?

Based on large scale health data, respiratory disease (COPD) is the 4th most common chronic disorder amongst seniors.

In 2018, the CDC stated that COPD was the fourth leading cause of mortality in the US.  

Understanding the Challenges of COPD Management at Home

For COPD patients, managing additional complex medical conditions is crucial.

They often experience frequent hospitalizations, disease flares, and persistent symptoms. These challenges can arise in between infrequent clinic visits, creating a gap in their care.

Providing COPD care at home goes beyond prescribing inhalers and giving instructions.

In-home COPD care requires a deep understanding of the disease and its fluctuating symptoms. Caregivers closely monitor patients for changes in coughing, shortness of breath, secretions, fever, or chills.

This is where healthcare-at-home organizations and standardized care programs play a crucial role in bridging this gap and improving COPD patient care. However, healthcare-at-home providers face the challenge of addressing COPD patients’ unique needs, including providing durable medical equipment, appropriate medications, and personalized care plans.

Improved Outcomes with Specialized Home-Based COPD Care

Patients who receive care from specialized agencies see better results.

The CHAP COPD Disease Program Certification, through the implementation of evidence-based practices, can significantly enhance patient outcomes. These outcomes include:

  • Better control of COPD symptoms, leading to an improved quality of life
  • Empowering patients and their families to understand the condition
  • Reducing the frequency of emergency visits
  • Lowering the rates of hospitalizations and readmissions

What Services Do We Offer for COPD Patients?

Our COPD program brings together a team of skilled in-home clinicians from various disciplines to help patients manage their COPD at home, reducing ER visits and hospital readmissions. We offer specialized COPD home health care programs, which are preferred by both physicians and families as a cost-effective alternative to repetitive inpatient admissions.

COPD management is a collaborative effort. Our team of healthcare professionals, including skilled nurses, therapists, and caregivers, works under the guidance of your pulmonologist.

Together with your physician and durable medical equipment (DME) providers, we develop a personalized treatment plan for managing COPD symptoms. Our services typically include:

  • Skilled nursing care
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Education on medications and breathing exercises, as well as guidance on recognizing and managing flare-ups
  • Training on medical equipment use, including nebulizers, inhalers, and oxygen therapy
  • Experienced at-home caregivers providing essential support for COPD patients
  • For end-stage COPD patients who can be effectively managed at home, we also offer staffing for an advanced “Hospital at Home” model, which requires highly skilled nurses.

Please note that we do not provide hospice care for COPD patients.

Top 10 Symptoms Commonly Exhibited by COPD Patients, and Addressed by Our Proven COPD Programs:

  1. Frequent COPD flare-ups, often requiring antibiotics, bronchodilators, and steroids to manage symptoms and prevent hospitalization.
  2. Increased fall risk due to fatigue and weakness caused by COPD.
  3. Shortness of breath that hinders daily activities.
  4. Difficulty using prescribed inhalers.
  5. Susceptibility to respiratory infections, including flu and pneumonia, which can exacerbate COPD.
  6. A higher frequency of emergency room visits and overnight hospital stays.
  7. Experiencing anxiety and depression.
  8. Confusion or memory loss, potentially due to oxygen deprivation, excess carbon dioxide, emotional distress, or other factors.
  9. Episodes of delirium, marked by changes in consciousness, restlessness, or incoherence.
  10. Malnutrition, as patients may eat less due to anxiety, depression, low energy, or reduced appetite caused by breathlessness and discomfort.

Leading evidence-based, clinical guidelines for our COPD Home Health Program:

1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD):
2. Center for Disease Control (CDC):
3. American Thoracic Society (ATS): 

Community Resources for COPD:

  1. Lung HelpLine  Staffed by experienced registered nurses, respiratory therapists, tobacco treatment specialists. 
  2. Living with COPD Community on Inspire
  3. Better Breathers Clubs: In-person support groups that give you the tools you need to live the best quality of life you can.
  4. American Academy of Allery, Asthma, Immunology – COPD in Spanish
  5. COPD – Explained in Spanish 

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