Pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab) is a supervised medical program that helps people who have lung diseases live and breathe better. It does this by reducing their symptoms, boosting physical activity and exercise tolerance, and teaching self-management techniques. The goal is to improve the quality of life and overall function of those with chronic lung diseases.

Our Approach:

Our program helps people with chronic respiratory conditions recover and regain their independence after an acute illness or hospitalization. The rehab involves a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors who visit every week, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case managers, social workers, and dieticians. The care team helps people with chronic breathing problems get better by creating a patient centric plan. They teach and train them to improve their activities of daily living while regaining strength and endurance.

Who is Pulmonary Rehab for?

Pulmonary rehab can benefit people with various lung conditions. These conditions can include COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, and respiratory failure. Doctors may also recommend pulmonary rehab before and after lung surgery or transplant.

Some of the benefits of pulmonary rehab include:

  • Less shortness of breath and fatigue
  • Better control of breathing and mucus clearance
  • Enhanced ability to perform daily activities and socialize
  • Reduced hospitalizations and health care costs

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Components:

  • Training:

    • Structured individualized physical exercise routines
    • Breathing exercises to improve lung function and increase oxygen levels
  • Education and Self-Management:

    • Understanding lung conditions and their management
    • Teaching techniques for conserving energy and managing symptoms
  • Nutritional Counseling:

    • Tailored dietary recommendations for respiratory health
    • Weight management strategies
  • Psychological Support:

    • Coping strategies for anxiety and stress related to respiratory conditions
    • Mental health resources and counseling
  • Breathing Techniques:

    • Diaphragmatic breathing and pursed-lip breathing instruction
    • Techniques to enhance oxygen uptake and reduce breathlessness
  • Lifestyle Adjustment:

    • Advice on adapting daily activities to improve lung function
    • Smoking cessation support

Learn How to Get Started:

Take the initiative towards a brighter, healthier future by enrolling in the Alexandria Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. The well-being of our residents is our top priority. Every personal program is a step towards reclaiming independence, breathing easier, and embracing a life filled with improved respiratory health.

Give us a call at (703) 684-9100 (or email to [email protected]) to learn how to get started.
Together, let’s make each breath count.

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