We are located in the back of the main hospital, near the west entrance.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is made up of two major components, education about pulmonary disease and monitored exercise. All sessions are taught and run by Registered Respiratory Therapists fully knowledgeable in the field of pulmonary diseases.
The program offers individualized instruction in several areas of interest. Some of these topics include:
- Lung structure and function
- Lung disease – cause, treatment, and outlook
- How to recognize and prevent infections
- Medications – their purpose and side effects
- How to control and deal with shortness of breath
- Conserving energy in daily tasks
- Breathing exercises to improve lung function
- Breathing device to help strengthen the lungs
The exercise sessions offer:
- Monitored Exercise to help increase exercise tolerance
- Individual exercise plans and goals monitored by medical staff
- Oxygen is available to those that need it while participating in the program
Throughout the program participants will be able to meet other people with lung problems, and enable them to share coping strategies and techniques. The goal is to help people live a fuller, more active life.
The program runs two to three times a week, in one hour sessions, for up to 12 weeks.
To participate all you need is a referral from your pulmonary physician and a Spirometry or Pulmonary Function Test completed within the last 12 months. Most insurances will cover Pulmonary Rehab. Check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage for the program.