A Personal Approach to Care
The Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients with lung disorders who wish to begin a monitored exercise and education program. Following a physician’s referral, each participant receives a thorough evaluation and a cardiopulmonary exercise test. Based on these results, a program is customized to meet the patient’s individual needs and goals.
The goals of the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program include:
- Increased functional capacity, decreased shortness of breath
- Decreased risk for future incidents
- Healthy lifestyle
- Increased understanding of pulmonary disease medications and lifestyle
Who Can Benefit
Candidates for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation include individuals with:
- Cystic Fibrosis, with lung involvement
- Interstitial Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Rheumatoid Pulmonary Disease
- Collagen Vascular Lung Disorders
- Pre/Post Thoracic surgery
The Core Program
The Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program consists of exercise sessions with trained therapists, coordinated breathing classes and educational sessions. The exercise sessions are individualized based on patient goals, current fitness level, medical complications and disabilities (if any). Functional goals and education are stressed, with the ultimate aim of developing a program the patient can safely perform at home. Patients must be referred by their physician.
Monitored and supervised exercise and breathing classes are offered three times per week, for six weeks, in a convenient, comfortable and modern setting by a team of professionals including a board certified pulmonologist, exercise physiologist, respiratory therapists and physical and occupational therapists, all of whom specialize in pulmonary rehabilitation. A wide variety of exercise options are available, including treadmills, recumbent bicycles and weight training equipment.
Education sessions focus on pulmonary medications, use of respiratory devices and inhalers, exercise guidelines, stress reduction, and medical management of pulmonary disease.
Joining the Program
Patients must obtain a prescription from their physician to enter the program. Insurance coverage can vary from plan to plan. Prior to outpatient enrollment, patients should check their individual coverage (referral may be necessary).
For more information please call 845 786-4254 or 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4254
To make an appointment for the initial evaluation and screening, please call 845 786-4410
After discharge, patients are encouraged to make exercise a lifelong commitment, exercising at home, in a community setting or in the Helen Hayes Hospital Wellness Center. The Wellness Center offers a supervised and friendly environment in which to continue the progress made in the rehabilitation program. It also offers a specialized Cardiopulmonary Wellness Program. For more information on the Helen Hayes Hospital Wellness Program, please call 845-786-4194 or 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4486