Respiratory Therapists at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre

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At the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (WRC), Respiratory Therapists provide long-term care, rehabilitation, and community services to their clients, including the Community Respiratory Outreach Program (CROP) and the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Rehabilitation Program.

Specific services include the care of long-term ventilator-dependent patients, tracheostomy follow-up, caregiver respiratory-related training, oximetry testing for the evaluation of home oxygen therapy, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) rehabilitation. Physicians refer patients to WRC Respiratory Services for oximetry testing and to participate in COPD Rehabilitation program, which is located at Pioneer Village.

For more information, contact the senior WRC RT at 306-766-5124.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Rehabilitation Program

What is COPD?

  • A lung disease caused largely by smoking
  • Airways become blocked making it difficult to breath
  • May result in shortness of breath, increased coughing, and mucous production
  • It is treatable but not reversible

What are the goals of the program?

  • Relieve symptoms
  • Slow progression of the disease
  • Improve activity level
  • Improve overall health
  • Decrease hospital and doctor visits

The COPD Rehabilitation Program offers support, supervised exercise training, and education about COPD to people suffering from COPD.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at 306-766-5124.

Community Respiratory Outreach Program

The Community Respiratory Outreach Program (CROP) provides community-based respiratory education and support to clients and their caregivers. Within the scope of CROP, is the Home Ventilator Assistance Program (HVAP) for people who need a ventilator. The HVAP can help people who live at home all the time, and those who leave the hospital for short periods. The HVAP is respectful of the needs and wants of their clients, and will help them enjoy life outside of the hospital.

What does HVAP offer?

  • Respiratory Therapy services
  • Ventilator training
  • Ventilators and equipment/supplies through Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living Program
  • 24-hour on-call support services

People who reside in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) or live in a hospital located within the RQHR, can access CROP and its services.

For more information, contact the Community Respiratory Care Consultant at 306-766-5973.

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