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Complex Respiratory Care Program

The Complex Respiratory Care Program is a community based program which helps clients with complex respiratory issues integrate back into the community from both the acute and sub acute care setting. Service is provided by a Registered Respiratory Therapist.


The Complex Respiratory Care Program provides assessment, in home trach tube changes, training and education to medically stable clients with tracheotomy or ventilator-assisted individuals and their families using a variety of tools. The respiratory therapist provides routine follow up and ongoing support to the client while in the community. The respiratory therapist will work with the discharging facility to promote a safe and successful discharge to home or community living.


Education is offered on an individual basis or in a group workshop to clients, caregivers, health care professionals and family members. Individualized training and education is available for invasive ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, mouthpiece ventilation, lung volume recruitment, cough assist, tracheostomy tubes, suctioning, and respiratory assessments.


Clinical support and education will be offered to clients who meet the following criteria:


1)      Medically Stable with a primary care physician and/or respirologist

2)      Adult population

3)      Invasively/Non-invasively ventilated at home or community living

4)      Invasively/Non-invasively ventilated pending discharge to home or community

5)      Tracheostomy tube and routine trach tube changes

6)      Use of Cough Assist device

7)      Champlain LHIN


The cost of the service is covered for clients with a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card living within the Champlain LHIN.