Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to provide people who are living with chronic lung disease the knowledge, coping skills, confidence and physical strength to best manage their symptoms. It is ideal for people who want to improve their quality of life while experiencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, environmental or occupational lung disease and other chronic pulmonary disorders.
Each participant in our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program will have a specialized, multidisciplinary team—including a nurse, internal med physician, and sometimes a dietitian and social worker. Together, they provide a coordinated program of education, nutrition counseling and exercise on an outpatient basis.
The education component of our program offers many topics and will be customized to meet the unique needs of the participant. Topics may include:
- Information about pulmonary diseases
- Breathing techniques
- Managing breathlessness
- Nutrition counseling
- Role and correct use of medications
- Disease management skills, including coping with depression, anxiety and panic attacks
The exercise component of our program is an individualized plan designed to help increase a participant’s endurance and tolerance of activity. Activities may include:
- Walking on a treadmill
- Pedaling a stationary bike
- Using a rowing machine
Does insurance cover the cost?
Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. Referral from a physician is required. For more information, contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team.
You can learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation at the COPD Foundation’s website.