WCH Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary Rehab for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Wooster Community Hospital is tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs and goals.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) make up the majority of patients who are referred to the program. That said, studies show that pulmonary rehabilitation is beneficial for patients with other chronic respiratory diseases that result in decreased lung function or quality of life – such as those with restrictive lung disease or neuromuscular diseases.
In addition, WCH offers a clinically supervised maintenance program for patients who have completed a previous pulmonary rehabilitation program and want to continue exercising.
The WCH pulmonary rehabilitation program is the only AACVPR (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation) program in Wayne, Holmes, Medina, and Ashland counties, meaning our program meets the published Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation, which reflect the standard of care and adherence to nationally developed guidelines by undergoing a rigorous review process.
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Patients who successfully complete a pulmonary rehabilitation program experience a wide range of benefits, including:
- Reduced symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue
- Increased muscle strength and endurance
- Increased knowledge about lung disease and management
- Increased ability to perform tasks of daily living
- Increased quality of life
Components of Pulmonary Rehab
The WCH pulmonary rehab program includes components as directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines, including:
Physician-prescribed exercise, including techniques such as exercise conditioning, breathing retraining, and aerobic exercise, is included in each pulmonary rehabilitation session.
Education or training is closely and clearly related to a patient’s needs and assists the patient in learning to adapt to their limitations and improve the quality of their lives. The primary objective is patient understanding and self-management of their chronic lung disease.
Pulmonary rehabilitation treatment plans are highly individualized, and we work with your physician to define and set the parameters, including the types, amount, frequency, and duration of services, and the goals for your program.
Pulmonary Health Resources
- American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- American Thoracic Society
- Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
- WCH Tobacco Cessation Program
For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation at Wooster Community Hospital, call (330) 263-8255.