Pulmonary rehab, a comprehensive medical therapy for patients with chronic respiratory disease, can help provide significant improvement in symptoms, exercise capacity, and health-related quality of life for patients with diagnosis like COPD.
“This program should be considered for COPD patients who have shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms, reduced exercise capacity, restriction in daily activities or impaired health status,” said Rey Nevarez, Administrator of Orchard Villa in Oregon.
Orchard Villa’s Pulmonary Rehab Program offers a comprehensive inpatient program to serve chronic lung disease patients. The program’s goal is to improve the comfort, function and understanding of patients who struggle with these challenging diseases.
Program director is Lenda Cordell has developed Pulmonary Rehab programs both in skilled nursing and acute care settings. The facility’s rehab, skilled nursing and respiratory therapy staff can also provide training, education and support to help patients’ families care for their loved ones.
Upon admission to the Pulmonary Rehab program, a thorough assessment will be completed by the Pulmonary Rehab Team which consists of a full time nurse practitioner and respiratory therapist, physical therapist, dietitian, social worker and skilled nursing staff. The team may then order further testing, medications, diet, and therapy based on the results of those assessments. The team will set individualized goals for the rehab program with the patient and his or her caregivers.
The team will meet weekly to evaluate progress, update goals and work in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician and consulting pulmonologist.
“As patients’ discharge home approaches, we will coordinate the needs for equipment, nursing care and any therapy needed at home so that they can remain in their homes and possibly avoid further hospitalizations,” Nevarez added.
For more information about the rehab program at Orchard Villa, contact the Admissions Department at 419-697-4100 or discuss a referral with your physician or hospital discharge planner.