Our pulmonary rehabilitation program is the only service of its kind in the entire San Gabriel Valley. It is a six-week program designed to help patients manage their symptoms, improve tolerance of their activities of daily living, reduce hospitalizations, and improve their overall health condition and long-term outlook. The rehabilitation team and referring physician work together to provide a program tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient.
Components of the program include:
- Development of an appropriate exercise program
- Instruction in the use of breathing medications (bronchodilators, steroids, supplemental oxygen)
- Breathing retraining
- Instruction in energy conservation and pacing techniques
- Instruction in airway clearance
- Education in anxiety-reducing techniques to help control shortness of breath
- Education in nutrition
- Instruction in early recognition of signs and symptoms of respiratory infections
After completing the program, patients demonstrate an improvement in their activity/exercise tolerance and management of their disease. A maintenance exercise program is also offered to help patients maintain their level of fitness.
Who can benefit
Patients living with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are candidates for our pulmonary rehabilitation program. Two of the most common diagnoses of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Conditions we treat
- Chronic bronchitis
- Cystic fibrosis
- Restrictive lung disease
- Chest wall disease
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Interstitial fibrosis
- Lung resection
- Lung volume reduction
- Lung transplant
BreathSavers provides health education, personal contact and social involvement to help members share the challenges and victories inherent in living with lung disease. Family, friends and those who wish to learn more about lung disease are also invited to join BreathSavers.
Monthly meetings are held in the Conference Center at Emanate Health Inter-Community Hospital. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m., followed by an informative hour-long program. The program is free, but there is a $7 charge if you join the group for lunch.
Out and about
Besides monthly meetings, the club plans several trips throughout the year to encourage our members to get out of the house and enjoy life. Some of these outings have included Laughlin, Nev., a harbor cruise in San Pedro, concerts, picnics, ice cream socials and bingo parties. At the end of each year we have a holiday gift exchange and musical entertainment program.
A Memorial Scholarship fund has been established through BreathSavers. The fund provides financial assistance toward the cost of enrollment in the pulmonary rehabilitation program. A doctor's referral is required to apply for the program and the applicant must meet certain financial criteria to receive the scholarship benefit.
BreathSavers volunteers create a free monthly newsletter called Our Daily Breath. The publication contains informative articles on lung disease, diet, exercise, breathing medications, club activities and uplifting thoughts and humor.
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