OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Phase II

Do you or anyone you know suffer from chronic lung disease?

If so, you probably know that this debilitating illness can cause shortness of breath and usually affects your ability to perform everyday activities. This often results in a weakening of your body’s muscle function due to living an inactive lifestyle.

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

lung.jpg Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program that supports and educates people who suffer from chronic lung disease and pulmonary-related diseases. We aim to educate patients about their diseases and teach behaviors to improve every day activities.

Our Program:

Our program consists of an individualized treatment plan developed by the respiratory therapist, physician, and the participant. Physical and personal goals are set, and reports are sent monthly to the physician regarding your progress.

Am I a candidate?

Anyone with chronic lung disease or lung impairment may qualify for the program. Talk to you doctor to see if this program is right for you.

We see patients with:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Pre/post lung surgery
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Other chronic lung diseases and impairments

Program Goals:

  • Increase strength, endurance, independence, and exercise tolerance
  • Decrease number of physician office visits, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations
  • Control and ease symptoms
  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase knowledge of lung disease and its management

Education Topics:

  • Disease process
  • Breathing retraining
  • Pulmonary cleanliness
  • Activities of daily living
  • Living with oxygen
  • Medication use
  • Airway clearance
  • Better Breathers Club

Program Structure:

The length of the program is approximately 8 – 12 weeks, with two separate enrollment schedules. The first plan meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while the second plan meets Tuesday and Thursday and lasts for a few more weeks. These classes are scheduled at three convenient times every day.

How do I get started?

A referral from your physician is required. Once the referral is made, you will receive an information packet on the details of the program, how to get registered, and how to schedule your first classes.