Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed to meet your individual needs no matter your age or pulmonary condition. The program teaches you about chronic lung disease as well as providing structured supervised exercise.
Our goal is to combine supervised exercise with education to help you build physical endurance, increase confidence, improve your ability to perform activities of daily living and reduce the need for hospitalization.
Who Can Benefit
The program is recommended for people who have:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
This phase takes place while you are still in the hospital. Exercise therapy and education is provided with instruction on home activity until you are ready for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation.
This outpatient program is an 8-12 week exercise therapy, two to three days each week. As you exercise, our pulmonary specialists monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels to keep track of your improvement.
If you qualify for these services, structured exercise and education programs are designed to meet your lifestyle needs and exercise goals. This program is monitored by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medical Director and is usually covered by insurance.
This is a self-pay program; cost is not covered by insurance. It is a great way to continue exercising after graduating from Phase 2. In Phase 3, you’ll participate in exercise therapy sessions up to five days per week. Our pulmonary rehabilitation staff supervise each session.
Education is a very important component of the rehabilitation process. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you manage your disease through a series of educational topics that include:
- Learning how your lungs work
- Understanding the disease process and what to expect
- Breathing techniques
- The importance of exercise
- Stress reduction
- Smoking cessation
How to Enroll
Ask your physician for a referral to pulmonary rehabilitation. Following their referral, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
The cost of Phases 1 and 2 are reimbursable by most insurance plans. Phase 3 is provided on a self-pay basis.