COPD Care and Education NS: Musquodoboit Valley-Eastern Shore

The COPD Care and Education NS Program is currently in its pilot phase in the Musquodoboit Valley-Eastern Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Welcome

The information in this guide is for Nova Scotians living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These resources will help you:

  • Understand COPD
  • Manage COPD
  • Find self-management programs in Nova Scotia that may help you live better with COPD
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Learn how to navigate chronic (ongoing) illness resources when you need them

COPD Self-Management Programs

INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™

  • Who is the program for?
    • You have moderate to severe (very bad) COPD.
    • You would like to self-manage COPD.
  • What services does the program offer?
    • Meet with a Respiratory Therapist (COPD breathing educator).
    • Learn how to use medication(s) and and what to do when it is hard to breathe.
    • Meet with an Advance Care Planning facilitator (counsellor).
    • Facilitated discussion about Advance Care Planning.
  • What are the benefits?
    • Create a personal Action Plan to treat COPD flare ups and learn how to use it.
    • Create a free, legal Personal Directive (PD).
    • Peace of mind for making your wishes known.

COPD Care and Education NS (Note: This program is only available in the Musquodoboit Valley-Eastern Shore)

  • Who is the program for?
    • You think you might have COPD.
    • You need testing and a diagnosis.
    • You have a diagnosis of mild  to moderate COPD.
    • You would like to learn self-management skills to live better with COPD.
    • You are thinking about making healthy lifestyle changes.
  • What services does the program offer?
    • Meet online with a Respiratory Therapist (COPD breathing educator).
    • Teaching how to use medication(s) and what to do when it is hard to breathe.
    • Meet online with an Advance Care Planning facilitator (counsellor).
    • Education about healthy lifestyle choices, self-management skills, exploration of quality of life, plan for the future, your goals and how to reach them.
  • What are the benefits?
    • You may be tested and diagnosed with COPD earlier.
    • You will be able to work with your health care team to self-manage COPD.
    • Create health goals and plan to reach them.
    • Create a personal Action Plan to treat COPD flare-ups and learn how to use it.
    • Explore Advance Care Planning and create a free, legal Personal Directive (PD).