What is Breathing Easy?
In our efforts to continually serve the community. CMHS has developed a pulmonary rehabilitation program, Breathing Easy. Our program is designed to enhance the quality of life to the highest possible level, maintain or improve exercise tolerance, decrease hospital days, increase each person's independence, and increase understanding of the individual's pulmonary dysfunction. The pulmonary rehabilitation team consists of medical doctors, respiratory therapists, registered dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers, and is guided by a physician specializing in pulmonary diseases.
The team has the ultimate goals of:
- Designing and implementing an individualized program for each patient;
- Educating, motivating, and rehabilitating each patient to his or her maximum potential for self care and mobility; and
- Preventing, detecting, and treating complications of C.O.P.D.
In the process, we also hope to:
- Increase your self-reliance,
- Improve your quality of life, and
- Renew your interest in vocational and leisure time activities.
Who would benefit by participating in Breathing Easy?
Patients eligible for admission into Breathing Easy are those suffering from chronic respiratory diseases such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, and other chronic lung disorders. All patients must have a written referral from their physician for the pulmonary rehabilitation program.
What is included in the Breathing Easy program?
Breathing Easy is a six week program, two days per week, for 2 hours per day. Subjects covered are anatomy and physiology, bronchial hygiene, medications, breathing retraining, nutritional education, stress reduction, relaxation, and panic control techniques, oxygen therapy, signs and symptoms of lung disorders, and various other topics. In conjunction with the lecture, patients will be monitored on an exercise and pacing program individually designed for each patient on specialized equipment.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) which required extensive documentation of program practices. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of Pulmonary Rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.