Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed for patients with lung problems. The program includes exercise classes and education about your lung disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation may help you participate in activities with less shortness of breath, as well as teach you how to “live” more easily with lung disease. All phases of pulmonary rehabilitation require a physician’s order. The rehabilitation staff will assist patients in obtaining a physician’s order.
Who Needs Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help patients who experience lung problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer or after lung cancer surgery, pre- or post-lung transplant, etc.
How Will Pulmonary Rehabilitation Help Me?
The goals of participating in pulmonary rehabilitation are to decrease the symptoms of your disease or condition and to become better able to function in your daily life, increase your ability to exercise, and decrease symptoms and better manage anxiety an depression that often accompanies the pulmonary disease.
Phases of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Your care during your hospital stay
- May include education and limited exercise coordinated by your care team
- Outpatient – meets three times weekly
- May last up to 12 weeks
- Includes closely supervised exercise
- Individual and group instruction on managing your disease
- Partial or full insurance coverage by many insurance plans
Phase III/IV or Maintenance Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Outpatient – meets up to three times weekly
- Alternative to home exercise
- Continued emphasis on disease management
- Self-pay in most cases
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department Hours of Operation
- The pulmonary rehabilitation department at Galion is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- At Bucyrus Hospital, the pulmonary rehabilitation department is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
What Will Pulmonary Rehabilitation Cost Me?
Most major health insurance plans and Medicare will reimburse part or all of the fees for Phase II pulmonary rehabilitation. Participants are encouraged to contact their health insurance company to inquire about reimbursement. The rehabilitation staff will also assist participants in determining insurance coverage. In most cases, Phase III/IV or maintenance pulmonary rehabilitation is self-pay.