At Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, we believe that leading the way to better healthcare extends into the area of rehabilitation. In order to meet that goal, our hospital has established a unit dedicated to the purpose of pulmonary rehabilitation.
This area allows patients who suffer from chronic conditions or who are recovering from pulmonary surgery to return to their lives as normally as possible after illness or surgery.
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital focuses on exercise to help build lung strength and capacity and also educates patients on lifestyle changes that can improve their quality of living.
What is Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation?
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program made up of a variety of specially trained healthcare professionals who help pulmonary patients alleviate symptoms and optimize functional capacity to improve their quality of life.
A typical patient is one suffering from breathing disorders such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Reactive Airway Disease (Asthma), Lung Transplant, and Occupational or Environmental Lung Disease.
In addition, the pulmonary rehabilitation unit can assist patients with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis.
Most major insurance carriers recognize the program. A physician referral is necessary for patient participation in this program.
How does Pulmonary Rehabilitation work?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program of education and exercises that provides a safe, supportive environment where patients can make important lifestyle changes and benefit from the encouragement and enthusiasm of other pulmonary rehabilitation patients.
A multidisciplinary team promotes behaviors to help the patient and their family adapt to a new life style.
Benefits of the program include an improved quality of life, decreased number of hospitalizations, improved ability to perform everyday activities, reduced respiratory symptoms (like shortness of breath), improved exercise capability, increased patient and family education on lung diseases and its management, improved feelings of hope, control and self-esteem and helping patients return to the highest possible level of health and activity.
Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Patients who seek the services of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program will learn that there are two major components in treatment.
The first is supervised exercise. This training will help strengthen the muscles, which increases stamina, reduces oxygen consumption and helps to alleviate symptoms of pulmonary ailments. The program allows the patient to exercise safely and effectively.
An individualized exercise program is written for each patient. This allows for attention in areas that are unique to each individual and allows the patient to grow in the program as their strength and stamina increases.
The second component is education and support. This helps patients understand their pulmonary condition and learn how to improve their quality of life. Educational information is available on a wide variety of topics and is offered to patients during each session.
This is also information patients can share with family members and care givers to increase awareness of treatment, symptoms to look for and ways each can help the patient in rehabilitation. These areas all play a key role in helping patients achieve the highest quality of life possible.
Educational topics covered in pulmonary rehabilitation include management of lung disease, nutrition, medications, warning signs of infection, stress management, home exercise and lifestyle changes.
How Can I Become Part of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program?
Any physician may refer a patient to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. There are a total of 30 sessions which last approximately 90 minutes each. These sessions are held three days a week.
For more information, we encourage you to talk with your physician.