Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehab?

The program at Community Memorial Hospital is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The three primary objectives of pulmonary rehabilitation are:

  • To control, reduce and alleviate the symptoms and complications of chronic pulmonary disease
  • To train the individual how to reach the highest possible level of independent function within the limitations of pulmonary disease.
  • To train the individual to self-manage activities of daily living consistent with the disease process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who benefits from Pulmonary Rehab?

  • Patients with COPD or persistent asthma
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Other conditions causing chronic respiratory impairment

How long are the sessions?

Rehab meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions will be an hour in length.

How many participants are in each session?

Due to the pandemic, we are only scheduling 2 patients per session.

What can I expect to gain from this program?

Everyone will have their own individual goals, but some of the common goals are to:

  • Breathe easier
  • Be more active
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Experience decreased anxiety, depression or fear of activities that cause shortness of breath
  • Be able to travel with greater ease
  • Be more independent and self-reliant

How long will I have to wait to get started?

You should be able to start your program soon after we have everything we need from your physician.

How do I enroll?

We will need a referral from your physician, along with a brief medical history.

Is the program covered by my insurance?

Pulmonary rehab is covered by most insurances. Our staff will assist you in determining your insurance benefit.