Pulmonary rehabilitation is an integrated, "whole person" approach designed to address not just the physical, but also the emotional and social aspects of each patient's disease.
Quality of life is improved while reducing hospitalizations, emergency room visits and long-term care costs.
- Educate patients about their lung disease.
- Improvement in muscle conditioning through an individually tailored exercise program that can be used at home.
- Training in use/care of patient-specific breathing equipment.
- Patient education about their lung disease and techniques that will enable them to better care for themselves at home and at work.
- Provision of ongoing support through the Better Breathers Class.
Rehabilitation consists of several days of comprehensive evaluation, treatment and training. The goal is to help the patient and the patient's physician manage the disease. Evaluations and treatments are ordered based on specific needs.
Treatment regimens are evaluated and modified. Patients also receive in-depth training about their disease and instructions on how they can help control it.
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