PT-OT for Pulmonary Patients
Santa Clara County’s First Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center
The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Good Samaritan Hospital helps patients
learn about proper breathing techniques, pulmonary relaxation, and strengthening
exercises, as well as early recognition of respiratory infection. It is
vital that patients with lung ailments be enrolled in a pulmonary program
as early in their illness as possible. Early detection and treatment of
pulmonary problems can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of
life for patients by reducing the negative impact that comes with the
advanced stages of pulmonary disease.
We Take a Team Approach
The team includes physical therapist and occupational therapist. This team
approach allows us to tailor the classes to meet the individual needs
that may vary from group to group.
We teach about breathing techniques, exercise, energy conservation, oxygen
use, diet, and medications.
Occupational therapists focus on teaching how to most efficiently move
your body while performing daily tasks to best conserve energy and get
the job done. Physical therapists can help you get the most out of reconditioning
muscles in the shortest possible time.
We provide an effective eight-week pulmonary program of two two-hour sessions
weekly to improve pulmonary function and build stamina. Patients exercise
at the appropriate level and receive a customized home exercise plan,
along with the education needed to best manage their disease.
Who benefits from a pulmonary program?
People with asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, COPD, or emphysema
benefit from pulmonary therapy. Anyone who no longer smokes but experiences
shortness of breath with exertion is a candidate.
What are the benefits?
- Better overall quality of life
- Increased energy and stamina
- Decreased shortness of breath
- Greater independence and self-reliance
- Less need for oxygen
- Less hospitalization
- Increased ability to return to normal activities
How do I get started?
To participate in the pulmonary program, you must have a referral from
your physician and a recent complete pulmonary function test.
Call (408) 559-2377 to get started!
Convenient & Accessible
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located at our Mission Oaks campus
in a quiet neighborhood of Los Gatos. Lots of convenient parking that
gives you easy access to our facility.