DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW OR CARE ABOUT HAVE:
A cough that does not go away?
Shortness of breath (Ex: Going up stairs) ?
An increase in sputum production?
Wake up with morning headaches?
If you answered yes to any of the above
questions: please contact the GCH Pulmonary Rehab Department at
Pulmonary Rehabilitation can improve quality of life.
It is a six week program that meets twice a week. The program is designed to meet the following goals:
- Reduction of dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Improvement in quality of life
- Increase in exercise tolerance and performance
- Enhanced ability to perform daily activities
- Better knowledge of lung disease and lung care
- Improved sense of well being
- Reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources
It uses several approaches in an effort to meet these goals,
including: exercise training, breathing retraining, nutrition
training,medication information, and education.
When someone is short of breath, they become out of shape. It is
uncomfortable to exercise and they worry that they may be hurting their
body doing the things that add to their shortness of breath. Activity
becomes even more difficult, they become even more fearful and short of
breath, so they do even less. Eventually any activity becomes difficult
and they try to do as little as possible.
Living with lung disease can frustrate, anger, or depress you. Some
individuals deny that there is a problem. These emotions are normal,but
they can interfere with quality of life and the ability to care for ones
Fortunately, Pulmonary Rehabilitation will help break this cycle.
Regardless of what type of lung disease. Pulmonary Rehabilitation will
provide benefits. Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help prevent infection
and complications of lung disease. It may even prevent the disease from
With the help of trained professionals, they will review and help
someone understand the treatment plan so that they can reduce symptoms
of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. By the end of Pulmonary
Rehabilitation, one will have increased strength and endurance in order
to complete activities of daily living. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is not a
program that can be forgotten about after completion.Pulmonary
rehabilitation will teach what to do in order to maintain the goals that
are achieved throughout the program. It is encouraged tobring a close
friend or family member to participate in as many rehabilitation
sessions as possible so that they can supportive and understanding of
the lifestyle and treatment plan.
will be individually assessed by our Pulmonary Rehab Staff and an
individual program of exercise will be developed and implemented to
increase strength and endurance.Exercise is done at each session (twice a
week) and patients are expected to exercise on their own as well. The
benefits of exercise will be increased strength and endurance. An added
benefit of exercise is that toned muscles utilize oxygen more
efficiently and will therefore relieve some of the dyspnea(shortness of
breath) they may now feel with activity.
Respiratory Therapist will monitor the heart and lungs throughout the
exercise sessions by keeping track of the heart rate, breathing rate,
blood pressure, lung sounds and oxygen level.
Respiratory Therapist will teach breathing techniques that will help
control dyspnea (shortness of breath) and trapped air. These techniques
will be practiced at every session so that they will become comfortable
with the method of breathing that will help when shortness of breath
pulmonary rehabilitation session includes education. Lectures,
handouts, and videos will be used. These educational materials will help
with the understanding of health and how lung problem scan be better
managed. Questions and discussion on every topic is highly encouraged.
Pulmonary rehabilitation there will be the opportunity to meet with
other members of the health care team including a Registered Dietician,
Pharmacist, and Social Worker.
Laughery, RDLD, RN, will meet with you to discuss how nutrition plays a
role in your overall pulmonary treatment plan.Carol is a great resource
for any nutritional questions.
pharmacist will discuss your medications with you and explain how each
of them works to help you breathe. During this session we encourage you
to ask questions about all of your medication.
Jennefer Kessler, LSBW, will meet with you to discuss advanced
directives. Jennifer is also available if you would like to discuss any
aspect of your health care including financial, insurance or personal
It is vitally important that you attend EVERY SESSION. Many professionals will be working with you throughout this program, but YOU are the most important member of this healthcare team.
Pulmonary Rehab Brochure