There are many conditions that may require an individual to have long term ventilation. These include brain injuries (both traumatic and acquired), cerebral palsy, neurological conditions (such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis), respiratory conditions and locked in syndrome. Over recent years there has been an increase in the number of people who need ventilation either long term, or for the rest of their lives. Many of these people live at home and continue to work; they require support and care to help them use a ventilator as part of their daily lives. They have to live with the constraints of long term ventilation, but they want to remain as independent as possible, and have a good quality of life, with as little disruption as possible to their day to day activities.
- Client and family care support
- Clinically led service with ventilation nurse specialist as part of the team
- Multi-disciplinary team including nurses with an intensive care background and a physiotherapist with specialist respiratory knowledge