This is an upgrade of very old equipment currently used for community-based rehabilitation for older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & heart failure. Demand for rehabilitation classes is ever increasing. These classes teach people how to manage their conditions, increase their levels of fitness and improve their well-being.
- Upgrade the equipment used to promote physical activity - purchase exercise bikes, dumbells and stop watches. The equipment we have has been well used but is reaching the end of it's useful life. The condition of the equipment inhibits effectiveness.
- Purchase pulse oximeters for use in rehab classes, in clinics and in patients own homes. These devices allow patients to get feedback on their levels of oxygen saturation. This helps patients to understand how activity affects their condition.
- Purchase of portable spirometers for use in community respiratory clinics to aid improved diagnosis and more targeted treatment for COPD patients across the county.
How we will achieve our goals
The Community Award would enable us to upgrade our very old exercise equipment and to purchase pulse oximeters and spirometers to enhance the rehabilitation classes and service provided to COPD and Heart Failure patients. It would not be possible to make these improvements without extra funding support.
Where the money will go
It is important that we are able to provide community based rehabilitation for patients with COPD and heart failure as the many of these patients do not have access to their own transport. We need to help people with COPD and heart failure to live as well as they are able to and improving their fitness and activity level and confidence is key.