Respiratory Care

Respiratory care is one of our most outstanding and unique services at the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. CCOH opened its respiratory care unit in 1987. It was the first sub-acute unit in the State of Hawaii to care for ventilator-dependent individuals. The unit has grown to be the largest respiratory care unit in the state. Adults and children who have chronic respiratory problems requiring daily sub-acute care receive around-the-clock monitoring. The unit is dedicated exclusively to residents with tracheotomies who require frequent tracheal suctioning and/or are ventilator dependent. Our nursing staff receives facility-specific training to care for sub-acute residents. In this highly focused training program, both classroom and clinical practice are devoted to respiratory assessment, tracheal suctioning, tracheotomy and ventilator care. In addition, our certified nursing aides also attend a technical training program that focuses on residents requiring respiratory care, including tube feeding nourishment and wound care.

All staff is frequently updated on a continuum of new respiratory care trends and technologies so that the highest standard of care is maintained. An Interdisciplinary Team comprised of licensed nurses, respiratory therapists, technical nursing aides, restorative aides, Social Workers, activity staff, and a Registered Dietitian actively participates in the care based on the special needs of each resident.

Physical, occupational and speech therapies are also available. Each resident has his or her own primary care physician who provides professional direction to the staff. Licensed Social Workers provide medically-related social services to help the resident attain or maintain the highest level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being possible. Social Workers also work to coordinate discharge to the community for appropriate residents.

The Interdisciplinary Team continually assess each resident’s needs and develop individualized care plans to provide an optimal quality of life and quality of care to our residents. Family caregiver training is provided by the nursing staff for continuity of care upon discharge. Our Activity Department provides individual activity programs appropriate to each resident, maximizing their interests and abilities. Friendly visits include reading, playing cards, bingo, and special entertainment. Residents enjoy excursions to various shopping malls, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Waikiki Beach, the Waikiki Aquarium and other popular attractions, accompanied by our trained respiratory staff.

Contact us for more information regarding our exemplary respiratory care services, or to schedule a tour.