Purpose of a pulmonary rehabilitation program:
- To control, reduce, and alleviate the symptoms of chronic pulmonary diseases.
- To improve the individual understanding of his/her disease process, and assist the individual in developing methods to cope with his/her disease.
- To train the patient how to reach the highest possible level of independent functioning within the limitations of their pulmonary disease.
- To train the patient to self-manage his/her daily living consistent with the pulmonary disease process.
- To develop a perception of well being in the individual.
- To decrease the number of hospitalizations.
Pulmonary rehabilitation services incorporate:
- Assessment by a pulmonary physician and multidisciplinary qualified health professionals.
- Two educational sessions per week.
- Three exercise reconditioning and training sessions per week.
- Education on bronchial hygiene and medications.
- Activities of Daily Living including energy conservation techniques.
- Clinical monitoring of the patient's pulmonary function during rehabilitation.
- Individualized visits regarding results of tests, program recommendation, and exercise prescription.