At home dimension

There are three dimensions, or approaches, to pulmonary rehabilitation: namely, intrahospital, outpatient and at home. One of these dimensions will likely correspond better to your milieu and the needs of your patients than the other two.

The at home dimension entails a structured program of physical exercise that is done in the patient's home. The patient also receives instruction from health care professionals who will go to their home, or when the patient himself or herself goes to visit the clinic or hospital.


The equipment necessary for doing the physical exercise may belong to the patient or be lent to the latter by the health institution that is working with the patient. Such a program is possible when collaboration between home care services and the hospital in the region is reliable and sound.

Principal benefits of such a program:

The patient doesn't have to go back and forth or wait for a bed in a hospital centre. In addition, a study has demonstrated that a home program is a practical solution, whose effectiveness is equal to what is achieved in outpatient programs. (BRUM Study, 2007, Maltais et al., Ann Int Med, 149, 2008.)

List of the institutions that have established an "at home" type program:

Région 02 Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean :

  • CSSS Chicoutimi
  • CSSS Maria-Chapdelaine
  • CSSS Jonquière


Région 03 Capitale-Nationale :

  • IUPCQ (PPMC) (occasionnally for special needs)
  • CHUQ Enfant-Jésus
  • CSSS Charlevoix (Programme Traité Santé de La Malbaie) (occasionnally for patients far away from facilitiest)


Région 06 Montréal :

  • Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (pour clientèle du SRSAD seulement)
  • Institut thoracique de Montréal
  • CHUM Hôtel-Dieu


Région 12 Chaudière-Appalaches :

  • CSSS Alphonse-Desjardins (CLSC)


Région 13 Laval :

  • Hôpital Juif de réadaptation