The Home Oxygen Program (HOP) helps people with low blood oxygen levels get oxygen in their homes.
Oxygen is used to help people when their blood is not able to get enough oxygen from breathing only air. There are many diseases that can cause this problem, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.
Once you qualify for the program, respiratory therapists from one of our contracted suppliers will come into your home to set up equipment and show you how to use it, as well as provide ongoing service.
They are also there to talk to you about your blood oxygen levels, help answer your questions, discuss your needs and provide ongoing assessment as long as you need it.
If you are eligible for this service, we will cover the cost of your oxygen. If you have extended health benefits, the HOP will pay for the cost that is not covered by your plan.
I've just been approved as a home oxygen program (HOP) client.
A designated oxygen company will perform a detailed initial respiratory assessment in your home. The company's representative will check the equipment and home environment and explain how to use the equipment properly and safely.
Some people will need arespiratory assessment. The company will provide ongoing support including responding to equipment malfunction, and maintenance, and providing oxygen deliveries.
Oxygen may be a temporary treatment or a longer term treatment. You will be assessed by the health authority?s respiratory therapist a month or so after you are set up by the oxygen company. The assessment is to assure that you continue to receive the correct levels of oxygen and if you need to remain on the program and will involve repeat testing of your blood oxygen levels while at home.
You will also be provided with education about your disease, medications, and oxygen safety.
The HOP will inform physicians, clients, and oxygen supplier of your assessment, any adjustments to the subsidy or supply system if needed, and other recommendations.
If you still require oxygen, your next appointment will be discussed with you at the time.
Once it has been decided you no longer need oxygen, your respiratory therapist will contact you.
The oxygen company will also contact you to set up a time for pick up. If you want to continue to get oxygen you can contact the oxygen company and pay privately.
Some people will be reassessed within 1-2 months following funding discontinuation.
Every person will be told about safety precautions. Smoking related incidents are most common; however cooking, open fires, and candles also present a risk.
If you smoke we prefer you to quit, however, if you do smoke, you need to stay at least 5 feet away from oxygen equipment and tubing. It is not safe to just take off the tubing from your nose and put it on your lap and smoke right there- you need to step away from the oxygen first.
Other smokers must also remain at least five feet away from you if you are not smoking or are a non smoker. Unfortunately, we have experienced too many avoidable fires and burns from people who do not follow safe practices; the danger is very real.
You must be referred through your doctor.
What medical criteria do I have to meet?
There are some basic tests that are required for approval that will be administered by your physician or health care provider.