“What’s the minimum SPF needed to protect yourself from the sun’s rays?” “How many seconds do you need to wash your hands to kill germs?” If you’re a trivia buff, a fun new app from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control might be just the ticket. The free trivia app Health IQ uses trivia questions and word scrambles to educate about health. Each quiz has 10 questions, from easy to […]
You can Live Well with COPD!
Although COPD is a chronic disease, learning to manage your health in partnership with your health care team can ensure that you live your best possible life.
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a long-term lung disease often, but not always, caused by smoking.
COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people with COPD have both.
Once diagnosed, you will be treated with medication and be encouraged to learn how to manage your chronic condition.
In Ontario, one of the new and effective programs for people with COPD is Telehomecare. You can learn about Telehomecare – and find other resources and useful information here at Live Well with COPD. Welcome!
- When her children were grown, Claris went back to work as an RN. Now 82, she’s been retired for a number of years – in fact, she left the workplace before computers were introduced. Living happily in “paradise” on the shores of Lake Superior, she felt no need to have a computer at home. When she developed COPD and her doctor suggested Telehomecare, Claris wasn’t sure she could handle the […]
- Over a two-month period, Joe, 71, had gone to the ER many times with exacerbations of his COPD. When his doctor enrolled him in Telehomecare, Joe was reluctant to learn to use the tablet and “listen to your health teachings”. Once I was able to establish a therapeutic relationship with this patient and had built rapport and trust, he really became comfortable with the tablet use, submitting daily readings. And […]
- “I would like to take a moment to let you know how very much Telehomecare has assisted me over the last six months in better understanding and managing my COPD symptoms. The daily monitoring of my weight, blood pressure and O2 levels kept me focused on maintaining a healthier lifestyle…. But the real lifeline in this process has been Nurse K. To her I will be forever grateful. She counselled […]
Telehomecare in Action
Our healthcare system wouldn’t survive without caregivers. Consider this fact: in the UK, with its population of about 64 million, the contributions of caregivers added up annually is $246 billion (CDN), or 660 times the budget for Spectre, the latest and most expensive James Bond movie. Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, the national membership charity for the UK’s 6.5 million carers, spoke recently at a Change Foundation gathering […]
It’s official! A survey of users has confirmed what patients and clinicians have been saying all along: a whopping 98% of patients are highly/somewhat satisfied with Telehomecare, a health coaching and remote monitoring program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or congestive heart failure. The survey was carried out by the Ontario Telemedicine Network in partnership with Canada Health Infoway. It focused on satisfaction with the goal setting and […]