What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an individualed program of education and exercise classes that teaches you about your lungs, how to exercise and do activities with less shortness of breath, and how to "live" better with your lung condition.
You will meet with experienced healthcare professionals to discuss your current medical problems to determine the treatment recommendations in accordance with your physician’s referral. A comprehensive evaluation will guide your treatment and exercise plan. Progress reports and results will be shared with the physician(s) caring for you.
How will Pulmonary Rehabilitation help me?
By attending education classes, you will learn many things about your lungs. For example:
- reduce hospitalizations and lengths of stay
- reduced shortness of breathe and/or cough
- improved well being
- improved strength and endurance
- improved knowledge of lung problems
- reduced fatigue and improved sleep
- decrease anxiety
The exercise classes will help you be more active with less shortness of breath. Usually, you will be exercising both your arms and legs. The classes will help you feel better and become stronger by helping you get into better shape.
Planned exercise is one component of pulmonary rehabilitation. An individualized exercise plan is developed to meet your needs and to assure safe, yet adequate exercise stimuli. Exercise helps to increase your strength and endurance so less energy is required by your body to carry on activities of daily living. The carefully monitored regimen within the rehab department is combined with a home exercise plan to complement the rehabilitation sessions provided at our Rehab Center for Excellence.
Another very important component of pulmonary rehab is education. You and/or your family will learn to better understand and manager your pulmonary condition(s). Some of the topics covered during pulmonary rehabilitation are:
- Breathing retraining
- Managing your lung disease
- Correct medication usage
- Stress management
- Anxiety Reduction
- Nutrition for the lung disease patient
For pulmonary rehabilitation to be of maximum benefit in helping to alleviate your symptoms, you should expect to attend classes two days a week. The exact number of sessions is individualized and will be determined after you have started pulmonary rehabilitation depending on your progress.
Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage is different between rehabilitation programs and insurance policies. Contact your insurance company or speak to the staff about program coverage.
Can I enter Pulmonary Rehabilitation if I smoke?
Some programs offer help with quitting smoking as part of the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Others require that you stop smoking before beginning the program. Rehabilitation and medications cannot reverse the damage caused by smoking. If you smoke, make a serious effort to quit. Get help if needed. Stopping smoking is an important part of getting stronger and healthier.
How do I enroll in a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program?
Begin by talking to your health care provider about your interest in pulmonary rehabilitation. He or she can give you a referral to a program.
What happens after I finish the program?
What you learn and practice during the program should carry over into your daily life after the program ends. If you stop exercising after the program, the improvements you made will soon be lost. The staff will work with you to design a long-term plan of exercise for you. The staff will guide you how and when to exercise at home. Many programs offer a "maintenance" plan so that you can continue to exercise with others with breathing problems.
Hammond-Henry Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services
600 North College Avenue
Geneseo, IL 61254