Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care

Housed in our East Wing, our Respiratory Care Unit provides critical care to residents who are ventilator dependent. The 26-bed unit has concentrator oxygen and suction. Many rooms have the added feature of a bi-axial room design, allowing for the privacy of each resident.

Patients, including those with neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases, head traumas or stroke will benefit from treatment in this unit which is staffed around the clock by nursing and respiratory care professionals.  An interdisciplinary team, including respiratory therapists, physicians (family practice and pulmonary), nutritionists, occupational / physical / speech therapists, social workers and activity staff work together to ensure the quality of life for our respiratory care residents. For some residents, that may mean giving them the opportunity to speak or to be mobile while still on the ventilator; for others, it may mean weaning them from the ventilator altogether requiring a lower level of care and increased independence. A lower level of care may permit the resident to discharge from Wesley Healthcare Center. For all, programming is available to encourage socialization and integration with other Center residents.

In addition to full-time respiratory therapists, the unit is staffed by nursing professionals specially trained in ventilator care, directed by a board-certified pulmonologist. All have extensive backgrounds in ventilator and critical care.


We provide daily care of the trach site to help prevent infection and skin breakdown under the tracheostomy tube and ties. This care is done every day and sometimes more frequently. Tracheostomy dressings are used if there is draining from the tracheostomy site or irritation from the tube rubbing on the skin.


A Ventilator is a machine that mechanically helps patients in the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide (sometimes referred to as artificial respiration). We offer ventilation support to help residents who have trouble breathing. As they become more comfortable breathing on their own, we implement a weaning program to remove them from the ventilator and start them on a program of respiratory therapy.


Respiratory therapy is a program of exercises and treatments designed to help patients recover and maintain lung function after illness, injury or surgery. Our respiratory therapists are specially trained to provide your respiratory care under the supervision of your physician.