The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides services for individuals with chronic lung diseases, as well as for post-acute patients with breathing difficulties due to injury, illness or surgery. The goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to promote independence and help patients with both short-term and chronic pulmonary needs to return home as quickly and safely as possible.
Individuals benefit from an intensive therapy program that incorporates state-of-the-art equipment, pharmacology and treatment protocols. An interdisciplinary team of physical, occupational and speech therapists, licensed nursing staff, social workers and other health professionals provides respiratory services tailored to each resident’s individual requirements.
The Rehabilitation Program includes:
- Daily therapy activities to improve heart and lung function and strengthen breathing muscles
- Education that addresses breathing retraining, energy conservation, oxygen use, medication management, tracheostomy care and the use of inhalers and nebulizers
- Dietary consultations focusing on weight management and nutrition, with individualized diet plans to address fatigue, shortness of breath or swallowing difficulties
- Psychosocial counseling to help manage stress, teach relaxation techniques and alleviate anxiety, depression and other side effects of chronic lung disease
- Case management and community re-entry services to ensure a smooth transition to home