Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed to help you develop an understanding of lung disease, to improve your ability to perform everyday activities and to teach you ways to improve your breathing.
The inpatient program occurs during a patient’s stay in the hospital. At the request of their physician, patients are visited by a member of the pulmonary rehabilitation staff and given information about their individual disease/condition, breathing technique instructions and information about the outpatient programs.
Outpatient sessions include instructor guided breathing technique exercises, group exercises focusing on energy conservation, strengthening of the upper body, and the use of aerobic equipment such as treadmills and stationary bikes (if appropriate). The primary goal of the program is to slow the progression of pulmonary damage and delay onset of more serious impairment while restoring patients to highest degree of functioning possible.
Lakewood Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation is divided into two phases:
Phase II is an intensive outpatient program held three days a week for 10 weeks. This program offers patient and family education, emotional support and physical conditioning gradually increasing from seated chair exercises to the use of equipment. The staff also will provide educational information and support to assist you in meeting your individual goals.
This is a comprehensive program offered two or three times per week to assist patients in the maintenance of an active and productive lifestyle. Enrolled patients are encouraged to become more independent with the ability to monitor their symptoms. This program will also give patients the opportunity to meet others who are enduring similar life experiences. The Maintenance Program is not covered by insurance, but it is offered for a nominal fee.
For more information on the Lakewood Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, call 216.227.2427.