Home Oxygen Therapy- Who Needs It?
Home Oxygen Therapy equipment delivers Oxygen (O2) which is a critical element for life. The essential air we breathe contains about 21% oxygen which is inhaled into the lungs and diffused through membranes into our blood. Sometimes certain conditions cause a shortage of oxygen in our body and we may need “extra” oxygen to keep active.
Breathing-related conditions such as COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), causes the body to become short of oxygen. Oxygen therapy can also be used for other health issues such as treatment of Heart Failure and other cardio-respiratory conditions.
Starting Home Oxygen Therapy
During your visit with your healthcare provider, he or she has determined that oxygen therapy may be of benefit to you to help you feel better. This may be due to complaints of:
• feeling short of breath with little exercise,
• coughing or wheezing,
• feeling disoriented or dizzy,
• or any other related symptoms.Your physician or nurse practitioner has taken one of two approaches regarding home oxygen therapy.
They have either:
a) Your doctor either sent us a request for an Oxygen Assessment. This means one of our Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) will see you either at home when it is convenient for you, or in the hospital to test your oxygen levels by way of an Oximetry test which is non-invasive. The RRT will simply place a probe on your finger which will determine your oxygen levels while resting, and may then walk with you to test your oxygen levels while exerting yourself.
If Registered Respiratory Technician determines that your oxygen levels meet the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s medical criteria, they will let you know, and you will begin your home oxygen therapy right away.
b) Or your Doctor sent us a request for a Home Oxygen Set Up. This means your healthcare provider has pre-determined you require oxygen therapy, either by an Arterial Blood Gas test, or an Independent Exercise Assessment. Our Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) will see you either at home at your convenience, or in the hospital to set you up with our oxygen equipment.
COPD is a disease that includes both Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema; you can have one or the other but often a combination of these diseases exist.
In COPD the 2 main anatomical parts of the lung – the bronchial tubes and the alveoli – have become damaged.
When your body is short of oxygen it is hard to complete your normal activities and therefore you to significantly reduce your activity.
Home oxygen therapy provides you with a small flow of oxygen to your lungs to help return oxygen flows levels in your body to normal. With you breath restored you begin to regain energy and oxygen exchange, and this reduces your anxiety so your daily activities become easier to do and your confidence is restored.
Most people have a specific oxygen flow rate to use during the day and another flow rate to use during activities or at night. Our goal at Complete Healthcare Solutions is to provide you with the best oxygen therapy equipment solution to meet your lifestyle and clinical needs.
The Best Oxygen Therapy Equipment, Supplies & Services
You want the best oxygen therapy equipment and service when you are dealing with breathing-related illnesses. At Complete Healthcare we deliver only the best oxygen therapy equipment, with the best warranties and support services. Our priority is your well-being.
We offer the industry’s best oxygen therapy manufacturers in stationary and portable oxygen therapy equipment from companies like Respironics, ResMed, Vitalaire, Devilbiss and more.
Our Mission and Values Statement
We at Complete Healthcare Solutions are committed to serving you, our client, promptly and
courteously. Your respiratory health is our primary concern.
We provide 24/7 service to our clients on home
oxygen therapy primarily at their homes or in
our regional offices.
Oxygen Equipment 24 Hour Emergency Service
If your oxygen therapy equipment is not working properly call Complete Healthcare Solutions. We have a 24 hour emergency on-call service for our oxygen patients. When you call us, you will speak to one of our local Registered Respiratory Therapists.
The Registered Respiration Therapist will assist you with:
* over-the-phone troubleshooting and ensure the equipment is working properly before the end of the call.
* If the equipment is no longer working, the RRT will go to your home to exchange the
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has a program in place for home oxygen funding; this is called the Home Oxygen Program (HOP) and is billed directly through us.
If you meet the medical criteria for the Ministry of Health’s Home Oxygen Program (HOP) and are over 65 years of age, or have Social Assistance (Ontario Disability, Ontario Works, Community Care Access Center, or live in a Long-Term Care Home), you will be approved for 100% funding through the HOP.
If you are under 65 years of age and do not have any Social Assistance, the HOP will pay 75% of the monthly rental rate. This means the other 25% will be your responsibility.
Traveling with Your Oxygen
Planning a trip soon?
Complete Home Healthcare Solutions will take care of all the arrangements for your oxygen therapy for your trip.
- Simply call our office at least 1 month in advance and send us a copy of your travel itinerary.
- We will take care of all oxygen therapy paperwork to be completed*
- Reassess your oxygen needs prior to traveling.
- Ensure you have the proper oxygen equipment and enough battery life for travel.
- And keep in touch with you along the way.
*Any applicable physician fees for completing air travel documents are your responsibility.
Oxygen Therapy for Travellers
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