Those suffering from chronic respiratory conditions such as emphysema or COPD will benefit from a monitored pulmonary rehabilitation plan. Franciscan Health offers a phased pulmonary rehab program to improve quality of life.
Everyday activities can be overwhelming for persons with emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or any other chronic respiratory condition. If you have been diagnosed with a respiratory ailment, you know all too well that breathing can be an exhausting struggle robbing you of life’s pleasures.
The pulmonary rehab program at Franciscan Health is individualized and closely monitored by healthcare professionals who help you develop skills to manage your condition and restore quality of life.
You will need a referral from your doctor. Our team of pulmonary rehabilitation specialists will work with your physician to develop a specific program just for you. The exercise portion of your program is based on your condition and ability. You will be assessed for strength, flexibility and endurance. You will be guided through exercises designed to improve your endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility and self-confidence.
In addition, you will learn breathing techniques, find answers to your questions about prescribed medications, receive nutritional information and learn how to get the most out of life by conserving your energy and pacing yourself. We teach relaxation and breathing methods to aid you in controlling shortness of breath and anxiety.
Our pulmonary rehab program consists of four phases (I, II, III, and IV) of rehabilitation. Each phase provides close medical supervision, including continuous monitoring of vital signs. The program is designed to meet the needs and abilities of participants at their individual stage of health recovery.