The team work with patients to improve their self- management of this long term condition and facilitate patients to become more physically active thereby improving the patient’s quality of life.
Benny from South Glasgow talks about the impact of the Community Respiratory Team
The Aims of the Community Respiratory Service are as follows:
The team adopts a person centred approach to provide people with COPD the knowledge, skills and therefore the resilience to self-manage their COPD. This includes providing a variety of specialist input e.g. breathlessness management, airway clearance techniques, optimisation of inhaled therapies, anxiety management, medication review, nutrition support, re-education and reablement of daily tasks.
The team aims to increase activity levels through an individualised home pulmonary rehabilitation programme to the patient population who are physically unable to attend community classes. The team can also provide a range of equipment to facilitate a person’s independence and signpost patients to community services such as befriending and local community social classes.
The Glasgow City respiratory service is a nationally unique physiotherapy led multidisciplinary team of nurses, occupational therapists, dietitian, pharmacy and health care support workers with weekly sessional input from a respiratory physician consultant.
Occupational Therapy provides practical support, empowering people to overcome barriers preventing them from participating in activities that matter to them.
What can Occupational Therapy do to help?