chronic disease

Chronic conditions such as COPD, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis are the most common of all health problems in the U.S. Today, almost 1 out of every 2 adults, 133 million Americans, have at least one chronic illness.

That's why Crandall Medical Center has several programs that effectively focus on maintaining treatment for chronic diseases.

The medical and nursing staff at Crandall Medical Center believes that most chronic diseases are highly manageable with a well-designed system in place. The Crandall system for chronic disease management emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach with quality coordination and communication among the patient, family, nursing staff, physicians, therapists and nutritionists.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a category of medical conditions that includes asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a structured program that can reduce symptoms of COPD, help improve quality of life, and increase your ability to take part in everyday activities. Depending on individual needs, a pulmonary rehabilitation program might include exercise training, nutrition counseling, medication, aerosol therapy and education on special breathing techniques to cope with COPD.

Oxygen therapy is a treatment option for people whose COPD is very severe. Oxygen therapy may improve exercise endurance and can help some people with COPD live longer. Crandall Medical Center nursing staff is trained to monitor oxygen levels, manage COPD symptoms and assist residents with COPD to maintain quality of life.

Heart Disease

Congestive Heart Disease (CHF) is a condition that can require frequent hospitalizations. The goal of the CHF Program at Crandall is to monitor weight, blood pressure, sodium intake, laboratory results and manage medications on a daily basis to prevent relapse and the need for acute care.

Physical therapists and Restorative Care staff assist CHF patients with gentle, progressive exercises to gradually increase stamina. Occupational therapists assess the individual's daily routine and assist with ways to conserve energy.

The focus of the Crandall CHF program is to control the symptoms of CHF and maintain an acceptable quality of life.