Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an individually tailored program for learning through exercise and education.
Pulmonary Rehab consists of progressive exercise and emotional support, which will help you decrease hospital stays.
We will work with you and your personal physician to address ongoing concerns and enable you to live a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.
Puting the wind back in your sail
- You can benefit from the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program if you have emphysema, asthma or chronic bronchitis.
- If lung problems are keeping you from doing the things you want to do, you may feel as if the wind has gone out of your sail.
- Shortness of breath, coughing spells and fatigue can keep you from activities like walking, gardening, golfing, traveling or enjoying activities with your children or grandchildren.
While we can’t eliminate your lung condition, Pulmonary Rehab team members can make daily living easier by improving your physical condition.
What's involved in the program?
Exercise - An important part of Pulmonary Rehabilitation is exercise.
A certified exercise specialist will design an individualized exercise program to meet your activity goals and increase your endurance. Your heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, blood pressure and exertion levels will be monitored throughout the program to insure the safe progression of activity. In addition, you will learn how to apply self-monitoring concepts in your job and recreational activities.
Education - One-on-one and group educational sessions will provide you with information on the nature and course of your lung condition.
Classes include activity guidelines, breathing techniques to help you cope with symptoms like shortness of breath, stress management, smoking cessation and proper use of medication.
Support Network - You will have the opportunity to work with other pulmonary patients and share experiences. Thus, you’ll motivate each other to achieve personal goals.
How does the program work?
Orientation - After your initial medical evaluation is completed, we will review your medical history and lifestyle habits. Together, we will set goals and provide support and encouragement as you progress.
One-On-One - We will meet with you one-on-one, to address any areas that need personal attention. Periodic evaluations, reviews and recommendations will be made by your personal physician.
Cost and Eligibility - The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is acknowledged by Medicare and most private insurances. A medical order is required. Our program staff can help you obtain a referral if needed.
Staff - The Pulmonary Rehab team, led by Medical Director Dr. Robert Turner, includes Registered Respiratory Therapists, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietician, Exercise Physiologist, your personal Physician, and Social Worker.
Pulmonary Testing and Exercise Prescription
A Pulmonary Function Test and a six minute walk test are required before you may participate in the program. We will help you set up these tests. Based on their results, other tests may be required.
The staff will develop an Exercise Prescription for your use in the program and for you to use at home.
How can I learn more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
If you wish to visit one of our exercise or education sessions or would like to learn more about the program, please call us at (608)768-6250 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.