Breathing Better in the Panhandle

Breathe better.  Live better.  Let us help. 

   Breathing Better in the Panhandle can help people in the advanced stages of lung disease avoid trips to the emergency room and hospital stays through in-home medical care. 

   Visits by a nurse, occupational or physical therapist, plus medications, oxygen and 24-hour on-call support help people with advanced lung disease manage their symptoms in the comfort of their own homes.

How do I know if Breathing Better can help me?
  • Do you make frequent trips to your doctor or the emergency room for shortness of breath, respiratory illness or dizziness?

  • Do you experience shortness of breath even when resting?

  • Has your doctor said you should focus on being comfortable rather than curing your lung disease?

  • Are you in the advanced stages of lung disease?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be able to get affordable, in-home care through Breathing Better in the Panhandle.

Click here for a more detailed checklist that can help you determine if Breathing Better is right for you.

How does Breathing Better help?
  • Home visits by nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and grief counselors,

  • Medications and medical supplies related to controlling your symptoms,

  • A personalized emergency plan,

  • An occupational or physical therapy evaluation,

  • Support of volunteers who can help you with transportation and light housekeeping,

  • 24-hour on-call support and

  • Access to inpatient care for symptom management needs.

What makes Breathing Better right for you?

Breathing Better can help you by:
  • Helping you learn to manage your symptoms at home so that you feel better and can enjoy more quality time with your family and friends.

  • The program includes medications and medical supplies related to your lung disease.

  • Breathing Better is covered 100% by Medicare, WV Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

  • Informational visits are free of charge and there is no obligation to enroll.

How long can I get help from Breathing Better?

   Most people will receive assistance from Breathing Better for 4 - 6 months as their disease progresses. Some people may be in the program for less than 4 months, while others may participate for longer than 6 months.

   Some people may improve under the care of Breathing Better to the point where they no longer meet the Medicare guidelines to be eligible for this service.  These patients may resume Breathing Better care if they worsen and once again meet Medicare guidelines.

   Breathing Better is a care choice.  At anytime you may choose to stop participating in the Breathing Better program.  We are confident, however, that you will enjoy better quality of life while working with your Breathing Better care team.

How do I get started with Breathing Better?

Getting started with Breathing Better is easy.  Just call (304) 264-0406 or (800) 345-6538 to set up a free informational visit at your doctor's office, in the hospital or even in the privacy of your own home.  There is no obligation to enroll.

Links to resources for people living with lung disease:

COPD Foundation:  FAQ for Caregivers

American Lung Association:  Online Support Communities

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (A division of the National Institutes of Health):  Explore COPD

U.S. Respiratory & Pulmonary Disease Journal:  Latest Editions