Generations at Elmwood Park offers ventilator care for individuals who are dealing with chronic respiratory problems.
What is Ventilator Care?
A ventilator is a machine that supports your breathing. Ventilators help get oxygen into the lungs and remove carbon dioxide. It makes breathing possible for people who have lost all ability breathe on their own.
Who Should Participate in Ventilator Care?
Some need ventilator care because of treatable conditions including infection or malnutrition. In these cases, patients can be weaned from their dependence on a ventilator. Other have chronic and long-term respiratory failure that is an irreversible problem. In these cases, staff will provide compassionate care and ventilator monitoring to ensure that residents enjoy maximum quality of life.
Why Choose Generations at Elmwood Park for Ventilator Care?
Our Respiratory Care Unit provides critical care to residents who are ventilator dependent. Our unit has concentrator oxygen and portable ventilators. This high acuity program benefits residents suffering from neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases, head traumas and strokes. Our goal is to aid in preserving the stability of the resident and return them to the highest level of function or independence, if possible. Our program includes:
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Ventilator care and weaning
- Education in disease management
- Self-care instructions
- Individualized physical, occupational, and speech therapies
Our Interdisciplinary Team
At Generations at Elmwood Park, our nursing and respiratory therapy staff work with a team of experienced health care professionals including:
- Respiratory therapists
The interdisciplinary team designs a customized program based on your personal health goals, followed by ongoing support for a successful outcome.
From Ventilator Dependent, to Ventilator Free
At the young age of 58, Paul was suffering from pneumonia caused by fluid and food build-up in his lungs and complicated by a painful bowel obstruction. He was placed on a life-sustaining ventilator system in order for him to survive, and his condition was considered very poor and his fate grim. Through Generations’ staff and intensive care plan, he is now back in his own home, breathing and walking without any assistive device. Read story