Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that helps people cope physically, psychologically and socially with lung disease. People who experience chronic lung disease have a combination of problems, which are addressed in pulmonary rehabilitation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is essential for COPD patients. It plays an integral role in enhancing the quality of life for those who struggle to take a breath. The goal of pulmonary rehab is to improve physical endurance in order to overcome the conditions that cause shortness of breath and limit capacity for physical exercise and daily activities.
The complete program is individualized and generally consists of 24-36 sessions 2 or 3 days per week. The sessions include exercise and education on topics such as: What is COPD, Coping with my disease, medications, stress management, etc. Meetings are also arranged with Social Services, Nutrition Services and if needed, Vocational Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located at the Hillside Medical Center, 250 Fame Avenue, Hanover, PA. Evaluations can be requested by your physician by calling (717) 316-2159.