What is Pulmonary Rehab?
via Wikipedia: Pulmonary rehabilitation, also known as respiratory rehabilitation, is an important part of the management and health maintenance of people with chronic respiratory disease who remain symptomatic or continue to have decreased function despite standard medical treatment. It is a broad therapeutic concept. It is defined by the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society as an evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic and often have decreased daily life activities.
Typically, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients with chronic pulmonary conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary hypertension or people who experience frequent shortness of breath. Program participants are evaluated by a Respiratory Therapist to discover baseline limitations and areas of focus for improvement to lead a more active lifestyle and increase comfort with breathing. The assessment is repeated later in the program to monitor improvement.
Not all post-acute rehabilitation centers specialize in this modality of care.
Those who do, make it a point of highlighting this strength to a grateful clientele.
Other Ancillary Benefits
In-patient pulmonary rehabilitation may also improve quality of life by reducing shortness of breath, increasing exercise tolerance, promoting a sense of well-being, and, to a lesser extent, decreasing the number of re-hospitalizations, which has become a hot topic of late for healthcare providers across the spectrum.