Did you know that this week, March 10-16 is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week? Pulmonary rehabilitation (Pulmonary rehab) does not improve lung function, not even a little bit. It works with the patient to improve overall physical ability, health management and emotional function. When lungs are damaged, they’re damaged for good. That’s what makes Pulmonary Rehab such a challenge compared to Cardiac rehab in which case you can repair and strengthen the heart.
Your regimen can consist of exercising, nutrition counseling, and education about your disease. Instead of just dealing with one physician, you may be working with a team—specialists in the different areas that make part of your rehab program, such as doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and exercise specialists.
Education about your disease is a very important step in improving your health, and this may be part of your rehab program. You may learn about your symptoms, available treatments, and techniques to manage your symptoms including what to do in an exacerbation.
Knowing the importance of pulmonary rehab, the COPD Foundation has created the Pulmonary Education Program (PEP).
What is PEP?
The COPD Foundation recognizes the challenges and high costs confronted by pulmonary rehabilitation facilities in providing individuals impacted by COPD, as well as their caregivers, with current, credible, and quality educational materials. Individuals with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation are actively working to improve their lives through education and self management programs. The COPD Foundation wants to assist in these efforts by providing educational materials for pulmonary rehabilitation centers and their staff, free of charge.
In addition, this program offers a unique opportunity to reach individuals diagnosed with COPD and ensure that they receive ongoing support, resources, and the necessary tools for proper disease management to promote long-term benefits after rehabilitation. Participating pulmonary rehabilitation centers will be asked to assist in outcome measurements. In addition, pulmonary rehabilitation centers will allow individuals with COPD opportunities to provide feedback regarding PEP.
What do you get?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centers, materials and information designed specifically for the pulmonary rehabilitation staff.
Participant Welcome Packets: This packet is provided to every COPD individual who enrolls in the Pulmonary Education Program. The packets will include essential materials beneficial for them, as well as caregivers.
Participant Graduation Packets: This packet will be provided to individuals with COPD who complete their pulmonary rehabilitation program, offering them a connection for successful continuation of self-management.
Education Days: The COPD Foundation will provide pulmonary rehabilitation centers with the opportunity to host education days in their communities. A COPD Foundation Education Day is a full-day event featuring expert speakers for both patients/caregivers (4 hours) and health care professionals (4 hours CEU/CME). A wide range of topics including but not limited to: pathology, treatment, self-management, nutrition, exercise, health care reform, lung transplant, etcetera will be presented.
All materials and shipping, free of charge, including COPD educational materials for health fairs, in-patient education and more!
Ongoing support after graduation
We know you work hard in pulmonary rehab to help your patients breathe better and improve their health and well being! However, too often after graduation they fall back to old ways and into a downward spiral, slipping back into inactivity and repeated exacerbations, with or without hospital readmissions. The COPD Foundation’s PEP (Pulmonary Education Program) On Track with COPD Ongoing Support Program is designed to provide ongoing information, support, motivation and accountability to Pulmonary Rehab graduates in order that they continue, long-term, with the gains they made in Pulmonary Rehab. Even for patients who participate in Phase III, On Track may be of benefit by providing this additional layer of connection and support.
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