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The pulmonary program at ATS is a specialty rehab program that has demonstrated great success with addressing the most common pulmonary/respiratory conditions seen in the home today. ATS ‘s multidisciplinary approach of physical and/or occupational therapy provides a comprehensive in-home program that targets improving independence and management of conditions (COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Asthma or Bronchitis, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis). Goals Include:

  • Decreasing respiratory symptoms and complications
  • Encouraging self management and control over daily functioning (ADLs)
  • Improving physical conditioning and exercise performance
  • Improving emotional well being
  • Reducing Hospitalizations
  • Teaching energy conservation, diaphragmatic/deep breathing, pursed lip breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Teaching factors that trigger exacerbation of respiratory problems.
  • Teaching therapeutic exercise programs for strength, ROM and coordination for ADL’s and Mobility
  • Teaching the patient/caregiver regarding infection control procedures/prevention

A Pulmonary Rehab has many benefits; however the ultimate goal is for that patient to improve their ability to function independently. Your rehab team will create a plan that’s tailored to your abilities and needs and will schedule you weekly for therapy sessions. Your team will help coordinate and deliver your plan of care in a professional and appropriate manner.

Studies show that people who learn about their breathing condition and treatment plan are better able to recognize symptoms and take appropriate action. However, education is no substitute for regular exercise as a part of a pulmonary rehab program. Most people who complete a pulmonary rehab in-home or at an outpatient setting/clinic feel better. Patients also report of being able to perform more activities without shortness of breath and improving their quality of life.