Individual treatment plans are established following a careful evaluation of a patient’s abilities and needs, and include the following:
How lungs work, lung disease, oxygen therapy, breathing retraining, exercise guidelines, medications, healthy eating, energy conservation, environmental hazards, smoking cessation, and relaxation techniques.
Under careful monitoring by a respiratory and physical therapist, patients participate in anaerobic segment where they use various conditioning equipment at a level tailored to their abilities. They might use a treadmill, stationary bike or rower to do exercises. They also use resistance equipment on a series of slow-paced exercises, which assists them in strengthening their muscles.
Patient education programs, and meetings with a nurse counselor or in a group support setting. Patients are counseled about depression and anxiety, taught relaxation skills, and learn the importance of giving and receiving emotional support from others.