Comprehensive rehabilitation for pulmonary disease
Lancaster Regional Medical Center’s pulmonary rehabilitation services help improve quality of life for people with chronic lung disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer. By focusing on each individual’s specific needs, our programs incorporate:
- Medical management
- Breathing therapies
- Exercise and nutrition
- Emotional support and encouragement
Our multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation team includes respiratory therapists, exercise professionals, dietitians and other clinicians who provide a customized approach to meet the needs of each individual. Rehabilitation programs are designed to:
- Reduce shortness of breath and other respiratory symptoms.
- Build strength, endurance and physical fitness to enhance everyday activities.
- Improve nutritional knowledge and practices.
- Provide education about living with pulmonary disease, including self-management techniques.
- Offer emotional support and encouragement.
How does pulmonary rehab work?
Patients attend Pulmonary Rehab sessions as an outpatient several days a week. The sessions include educational instruction and monitored exercise. Patients receive an education manual as well as a variety of respiratory devices to help improve respiratory muscle strength, monitor respiratory status, and improve bronchial hygiene. Exercise sessions are monitored for oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythms, and blood pressures. The main components of Pulmonary Rehab include education, exercise and emotional support. Benefits include a better understanding of caring for and treating lung disease, improved exercise endurance with decreased symptoms, and emotional support.
Those who participate in our Pulmonary Rehab Program:
- Have higher levels of functioning.
- Reduce or quit smoking.
- Have reduced blood pressure.
- Have lowered BMI.
- Start a long term exercise program.
- Have lowered stress levels.
- Have higher resistance to diabetes - and those who have diabetes and participate have less insulin resistance and increased insulin sensitivity.
Outpatient appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. We accept most major health insurance plans and our staff can help with insurance verification. For more information, to visit our facility, or to schedule an appointment, call (717) 291-8377.