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.
- 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.
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.
- Supervised exercise
- 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)
- Living with Oxygen
- Oxygen Conservation
- Medication Administration
- Relaxation Training