We remain in contact with each patient that has completed the rehabilitation program, to ensure that all rehabilitation advances are maintained. This phase provides a vital source of social support and motivation, to assist you in the long-term maintenance of an improved quality of life.
Realistic short and long term goal setting aids in the maintenance of achieved functional levels and assists in further progression.
Through consultation sessions, early detection of impairments or deterioration is made possible. If deterioration in your condition is suspected, objective assessments will be conducted. Further rehabilitation, if indicated, will then be motivated and applied for.
At the end of the program, all baseline measurements completed during week 1 will be re-assessed to determine your progress and potential discharge from the pulmonary rehabilitation program.
If you are discharged from the program – a maintenance program will be issued to you, so you may retain the beneficial effects of the rehabilitation process. You will also be allocated to a suitable pulmonary rehabilitation group exercise class, which you should attend on a monthly basis.
Our program also focuses on:
Education and home exercise training forms a huge part of our program. Your initial assessment will determine our education topics and overall guidance, as well as what we issue as a home exercise program.
During your treatment sessions with us, our main focus will be on various methods of exercise training:
Endurance training: To condition the muscles of ambulation and improve cardiorespiratory fitness. This will facilitate an increase in physical activity, associated with a reduction in breathlessness and fatigue.
Strength training: To increase muscle strength in the upper and lower extremities, which aids improvement in functionally related tasks.
Flexibility training: To correct postural abnormalities associated with chronic respiratory diseases. Postural abnormalities are associated with a decline in pulmonary function, decreased quality of life, poor bone mineral density and increased work of breathing.
Inspiratory muscle training: The reduced pressure-generating capacity of the inspiratory muscles contributes to both exercise intolerance and the perception of dyspnoea in individuals.
Subjective assessment: Health status; symptom severity; level of function and overall management of barriers and facilitators encountered at home or at the work place.
Baseline physical assessment:Height/weight/BMI measurements; assessment of balance and flexibility; assessment of exercise capacity; assessment of peripheral muscle strength; assessment of patient quality of life; assessment of inspiratory muscle strength; shortness of breath severity classification.
Needs assessment tool
Short and long term goal setting
Education: Benefits of exercise training; correct use of chronic medications; independent chest clearance techniques; health behaviour modification; facilitation of adequate disease understanding.
Upon completion of your assessment – your treating physiotherapist will tailor your pulmonary rehabilitation program to suit your individual needs, to ensure that you benefit maximally from the offered program.