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Choosing the best pulmonary care, close to home

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, has become the third-leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

When COPD occurs, the airways in the lungs are inflamed and can become thicker. The lung tissues where oxygen is exchanged are damaged, so the airflow in and out of the lungs is decreased. The end result is less oxygen going into the body and less carbon dioxide waste leaving the body, which creates a feeling of being unable to breathe. There is no cure, but there are ways to slow the progression of the disease.

After surgery or another medical event, it is wise to find recovery care that can address COPD issues.

Here are some things to consider when deciding if a short-term-care rehabilitation center can address pulmonary-care issues for you or your loved one, as well as a description of why Glenview Terrace is an ideal option for pulmonary care. 

A personalized plan

There are many types of lung conditions, ranging from emphysema to lung cancer. The severity of a lung condition can also vary from person to person. Therefore, not all pulmonary care will be the same for every person. A personalized treatment plan is a must. At Glenview Terrace, guests are evaluated and then given a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. Board-certified pulmonologist Bhaven Shah, MD, oversees the work of the pulmonary team at Glenview Terrace to ensure the best level of care.

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On-site therapy 

Having treatment options in the place where you are recovering is the best choice. To be effective, respiratory therapy should be offered regularly to keep improvement steady and avoid any regression. At Glenview Terrace, respiratory therapy is offered up to seven days a week. Experienced staff help guests learn effective techniques to make breathing more efficient. Respiratory therapy is offered in conjunction with physical and occupational therapy as needed in one-on-one sessions.

Educational opportunities

Medical diagnoses can be confusing, so having someone able to explain your specific condition is helpful. Staff at Glenview Terrace can explain the specifics about your lung condition. Staff will also suggest methods of managing the disease with medications, oxygen therapy and lifestyle changes. An on-staff dietitian provides recommendations that can increase nutrition for more energy. 

Psychological counseling

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Being unable to breathe properly can be both frightening and depressing. Struggles with breathing can also bring on a feeling of panic, which creates additional breathing issues. Having to change your lifestyle due to breathing problems can also be overwhelming and bring on feelings of depression. These intense emotions can be difficult to process. Glenview Terrace recognizes the importance of caring for both the physical and emotional needs of their guests, so they have psychological counseling available. Giving guests a method of coping with their emotions can help the recovery process be more successful.

Recovery that is effective 

Recovery from surgery or illness is always challenging, but it can be even more stressful for people with COPD. By choosing a short-term facility with an intentional and well-staffed pulmonary rehabilitation program can help make recovery quicker and more successful. Glenview Terrace has a dedicated pulmonary rehabilitation program, in addition to effective care for patients who’ve experienced a variety of other medical events, from cardiac care to orthopedic surgery. All these services are offered in an elegant environment designed for the comfort and safety of all guests. Attractively furnished rooms, areas an array of amenities and beautifully landscaped grounds with a patio and fountain are just some of the extras found at Glenview Terrace.

At Glenview Terrace, the focus is always on helping you get back to the independent lifestyle you desire. Focusing on healthcare excellence and safety, Glenview Terrace provides the latest infection-control precautions, including routine COVID-19 testing and monitoring. Glenview Terrace is also ranked among the top 1% of all Illinois post-hospital rehabilitation and nursing-care centers by Newsweek. Glenview Terrace has also earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for post-hospital and post-surgical care. For more information or to arrange a personalized tour, visit or call 847-729-9090.