Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach for patients with chronic respiratory diseases, who often have trouble completing daily activities.
Pulmonary rehab is an individualized plan that can include: exercise conditioning, breathing retraining, nutritional counseling, a psychosocial assessment, goal setting and evaluation. Individualized treatment plans are reviewed and signed by the patient's referring physician every month to chart progress.
Aside from better breathing, pulmonary rehab can reduce respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea and fatigue. Increased muscle strength, endurance and the ability to perform tasks that once seemed daunting are also benefits of regular therapy.
What is Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help improve the well-being of individuals who have chronic breathing problems. Components as indicated by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, include:
- Physician prescribed exercise: exercise conditioning, breathing retraining, step and strengthening exercises. Some aerobic exercise must be included in each pulmonary rehabilitation session.
- Education or training: tailored to the individual’s needs; includes nutritional counseling
- Psychosocial assessment: Evaluation of mental and emotional functioning as it relates to the individual’s rehabilitation or respiratory condition
- Outcomes Assessment: Evaluation of the patient’s progress as it relates to the individual’s rehabilitation goals and program
- Individualized Treatment Plan: describes individual’s diagnosis, type, amount, frequency and duration of services. Sets goals. Plan is written, established, reviewed and signed by the ordering physician every 30 days.
Who benefits from Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary rehab benefits individuals with lung disease, such as:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Interstitial lung disease
What does Pulmonary Rehab include?
- Continuous heart (ECG), blood pressure, oxygen and weight monitoring during each session
- Weekly pulmonary education classes, which focus on breathing techniques, energy conservation, medications and oxygen usage
- Support from a team of professionals, including a registered dietitian, registered nurses and an exercise physiologist, who are certified in advanced cardiac life support
Lake Regional Health System's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program has again earned certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Click here to learn more.
Lake Regional Health System offers monthly support groups for individuals living with heart conditions or lung disease. If you're interested in pulmonary rehab, visit our support group! Better Breathers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in Cardiac Rehab.