Home > Health Library > COPD > Managing Your COPD > Pulmonary Rehabilitation Care > Your Healthcare Team
Your Healthcare Team
Chaplains act as spiritual counselors to help patients and families through periods of crisis.
Clinical Social Worker
A clinical social worker is a professional counselor who helps alleviate problems related to personal, family, or social situations.
An occupational therapist helps patients learn how to carry out activities of daily living at home, on the job, and in the community.
Overview of the PM&R Treatment Team
The team is usually directed by a physiatrist, with other specialists playing important roles in the treatment and education process.
Patient and Family
You as the patient and your family are the most important members of the rehabilitation team.
The physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation is called a physiatrist.
Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.
Recreation therapists design programs to help patients develop social skills and learn to participate in leisure group activities.
Registered dietitians work with health care providers to calculate calorie and nutrient needs, design special diets, and offer other nutritional advice to patients.
Rehabilitation Case Manager
Case managers usually don't provide direct patient care, but may work either as part of the rehab team or for the patient's insurance company.
A rehabilitation nurse specializes in helping people with disabilities and chronic illness to reach their best function and health, and to adapt to an altered lifestyle.
Respiratory therapists help treat and restore function for patients with airway and breathing problems.
Vocational rehabilitation counselors assist people with disabilities in planning careers and finding and keeping satisfying jobs.