The Benefits of Pulmonary Management in Long-Term Care

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Patients with respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema often enter long-term care (LTC) facilities to receive the support they need.

Research shows one in six admissions to nursing homes involved patients with a history of emphysema or COPD. Specialized pulmonary management programs can benefit those who suffer from one of these complex conditions.

The benefits of pulmonary rehab programs are invaluable to an LTC facility and its patients. Pulmonary management improves the standard of care and may help patients achieve a higher health-related quality of life. Many patients with pulmonary diseases enter long-term care facilities once their condition becomes advanced. Successful pulmonary management in an LTC facility must be driven by staff education, communication, and careful coordination with other care providers. An LTC center equipped with a knowledgeable team and the proper respiratory devices can help patients regain their independence while improving their overall health.

What is pulmonary rehabilitation management?

A pulmonary rehabilitation management program consists of patient education, exercise and physical therapy, and nutrition counseling supervised by an LTC facility physician to improve the condition of patients with respiratory diseases. Successful programs will provide patients with the tools and behaviors they need to enhance their lifelong health and maintain lung capacity. Since every patient has unique needs, the rehabilitation program needs to be tailored to their specific condition and treatment requirements.

What are the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation?

Respiratory conditions such as COPD and emphysema can be emotionally and physically challenging to patients. It may be difficult for them to complete routine tasks, hinder their ability to engage in hobbies, and risk exacerbating their health in other areas. Achieving a successful pulmonary management program empowers patients to regain independence, participate in everyday activities, and may help improve their overall health-related quality of life.

At Lincare, our clinical team will train your staff to deliver high-quality pulmonary management to your residents. They will learn to:

  • Deliver direct and clear communication to your residents, healthcare providers, and family members.
  • Develop a long-term care plan to equip family members with the skills and knowledge to provide care.
  • Share advice on making healthy lifestyle choices that impact pulmonary conditions, such as diet and weight loss, and avoiding risk factors such as tobacco use.
  • Teach residents how to manage their prescriptions.

Why long-term care facilities need pulmonary management

Facilities require specific care equipment and expertise to properly care for patients with advanced pulmonary diseases. If the right resources are not in place, caring for these patients can drain a facility's resources. At Lincare, we bring specialized respiratory expertise that introduces various benefits to your facility and staff, including:
  • Educational opportunities
  • Pulmonary rehab skill development for staff
  • State-of-the-art equipment and supplies
  • Preventative maintenance of facility-owned equipment
  • Reduced need for resident consultations and length of stay

How to start a pulmonary rehab program with Lincare

Lincare's Long-Term Care team can help you customize solutions to meet the needs of your residents and staff. Our expert respiratory therapists, service technicians, and extensive line of respiratory products help your residents receive the best possible care. When you partner with us, you and your staff get the support you deserve to flourish in a changing healthcare landscape. We help residents with respiratory challenges breathe easier and assist our partners in achieving better financial outcomes through their treatment protocols.

We are one of the largest suppliers of respiratory solutions in the world and can help you achieve your best results by offering:

  • Customized respiratory care solutions
  • State-of-the-art equipment and supplies
  • Preventative maintenance of facility-owned equipment
  • Clinical consulting services
  • Continuum of Care option for facility discharges
  • Experienced respiratory therapists
  • Consistent and timely product deliveries
  • 24/7 availability and support
  • National coverage


Contact Lincare today to learn more about building your pulmonary management program, call us Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm ET, at 800-383-5303.

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