Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Is this program is right for me?

Do you become short of breath with daily activities? Does this interfere with your strength and endurance? Valley Regional’s Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program may be right for you. Some people enter the program after a hospital stay, and others may be referred by their primary care physician or pulmonologist.

Who should participate in the Program?

Individuals diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema), chronic asthma,
pre- and post-lung transplant, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and other pulmonary diseases.

Program Goals

  • Make it easier to breathe during daily activities
  • Increase strength, and endurance
  • Improve ability to perform daily activities, such as dressing, household chores, grocery shopping, community activities, etc.
  • Decrease hospitalizations
  • Decrease episodes of shortness of breath

Does insurance cover Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Medicare may cover Pulmonary Rehabilitation for patients with COPD. Other insurances may also cover the costs for this and other lung conditions.

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What happens after I finish the program?

Continue to exercise and use the techniques you’ve learned during the program. Staff may assist with recommendations for in-home services, such as oxygen delivery. Individuals can also choose to continue guided exercise through our Rehabilitation Extension Program, held at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center.

What other services does Valley Regional Healthcare Rehabilitation provide?

Valley Regional Rehabilitation provides Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Audiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. We also offer Aquatic Therapy and post-therapy services through our Rehabilitation Extension Program at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center


Call (603) 542-3458 to make an appointment. You can also find more information from our pulmonary physican Dr. Donald Mahler at:

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Supervised exercise
  • Education
  • Work with a team of clinicians

Education Topics Include

  • Pulmonary Disease Process
  • Breathing Retraining
  • Pulmonary Hygiene
  • Activities of Daily Living (Conserving energy for daily tasks)
  • Nutrition
  • Living with Oxygen
  • Oxygen Conservation
  • Medication Administration
  • Psychology
  • Relaxation Training