Pulmonary rehab consists of progressive exercise to strengthen muscles and increase endurance as well as provide emotional support. These things will help to decrease the necessity for doctor visits or hospital stays and help you to have more stamina and energy at home.
We will work with you and your personal physician to address ongoing concerns and enable you to live a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. Through your rehab program you will participate in:
- Progressive Individualized exercise
- Support Network
How does the Program Work?
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. Together 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.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD:
- Chronic bronchitis, defined by a long-term cough with mucus
- Emphysema, defined by destruction of the lungs over time
Many people with COPD have a combination of both conditions. COPD is a term used to describe a number of other pulmonary disorders, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and acute pneumonia. Fort HealthCare’s pulmonary rehab program also treats lung transplant and cancer patients and some restrictive lung diseases.
Cost and Eligibility
The pulmonary rehabilitation program is acknowledged by Medicare and most private insurances. A medical referral is required. Our program staff can help you obtain a referral, if needed.
The pulmonary rehabilitation team, led by Dr. Donald Williams, includes a respiratory therapist, exercise psychologist, registered nurse, registered dietitian, your personal physician, social worker and occupational therapist.
If you wish to visit one of our exercise or educations sessions or would like to learn more about the program, please call us at (920) 568-5349, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.