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Improving Quality of Life "One Breath at Time"

The Home-Based Pulmonary Rehab program is for adult patients over the age of 18 who are referred by their physician and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a pulmonary diagnosis, such as, but not limited to, chronic pulmonary disease, emphysema, restrictive lung disease or chronic bronchitis.
  • Be willing and able to participate in home-based pulmonary rehab
  • Be a non-smoker, agree to stop smoking, or enroll in a smoking cessation program while receiving home-based pulmonary rehab.

Home-Based Pulmonary Rehab is a specialty home care program that focuses on achieving improved clinical outcomes and reduced hospitalizations for patients who suffer from pulmonary disease.

The rehab program is part of VNA of Care New England’s Pulmonary Care Services and is the only one of its kind in Rhode Island. It was implemented in early 2009 after extensive research of best practices and disease management care paths for this patient population.

Patient Benefits

Home-Based Pulmonary Rehab maximizes the quality of life for patients who suffer from pulmonary disease through improved self-management of symptoms and the implementation of an individualized and safe daily exercise program. Patients are coached to commit to exercise following discharge from the program, enabling them to maintain or improve their level of functioning.

Multidisciplinary Care Team

In consultation with the patient’s physician, a specially trained team of home health care professionals work together with the patient to customize a program specific to their needs. An experienced Respiratory Therapist coordinates the program and provides care to the patient along with:

  • Registered nurses.
  • Physical therapists.
  • Occupational therapist.
  • Therapy aides.

Program Elements

  • Home care visits by the multidisciplinary team.
  • Pre and post 6-minute walk test.
  • Pre and post quality of life assessment.
  • Breathing retraining.
  • Disease management education.
  • Exercise conditioning.
  • Home exercise prescription.
  • Telehealth monitoring.
  • Post-discharge follow-up.

Expected Outcomes

  • Decreased rehospitalizations and/or emergency room visits.
  • Improved ability to recognize and manage symptoms.
  • Improved quality of life as measured on the post-survey assessment.
  • Increased exercise tolerance as measured by the 6-minute walk test.

For more information, including outcomes, specific program elements or general questions, please contact the Community Relations Department at VNA of Care New England at (401) 737-6050, extension 51138.

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