It’s hard to have a full life when you can’t get a full breath. Too often, those with lung disease find themselves in a downward spiral of inactivity and isolation. Lifeline’s Pulmonary Rehab program can help.
Pulmonary rehab is a first line treatment in the management of various respiratory diseases such as COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, lung infections, and decreased lung capacity. Participating in Pulmonary rehab will help to control your shortness of breath and fatigue, improve your understanding of your lung disease and how to manage it, increase your ability to participate in your daily activities and improve your quality of life.
The Lifeline pulmonary rehab team is composed of Doctors of Physical Therapy, Registered Respiratory Therapists who have earned certificates in pulmonary rehab, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab.
The variables in our program equation are: Understanding + Confidence = Independence
Understanding: First we learn more about you and your goals, then we help you learn new skills to better manage your symptoms to better understand your medications and to better understand your equipment. We provide you with education and materials to help you understand your diagnosis and therapy plan, your diet and nutritional needs, and to help build your support network to reduce stress.
Confidence: Our therapists teach you better ways to control your breathing enabling you to do more basic tasks at home. They build your physical capabilities while reducing that fear of breathlessness. Our physical therapist work on improving your strength, balance and endurance to help reduce risk of falls which will help you feel more confident doing activities.
Independence: Is gained when you develop a greater understanding of managing your symptoms and build your confidence in higher levels of activity.
The program is built around you, and our job is to support you meeting your goals.
More than Rehab, Lifeline’s program will help you bounce back and build your independence far beyond your in-clinic program through the use of home activity tools and through ongoing maintenance sessions at Lifeline. We provide you with resources, newsletters and support groups ongoing.