Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Rehab) is a program of education and exercise classes that teaches you about your lungs, how to exercise and do activities with less shortness of breath, and how to live better with your lung condition.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehab is a program of structured exercise and education for patients with lung disease. A referral from your provider is necessary before you can begin. Our team includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, chaplains and more to help you improve your quality of life.
What to Expect
- Exercise Training
- Nutritional Counseling
- Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it
- Energy-conserving techniques
- Breathing strategies
- Anxiety, stress, and depression education
What are the benefits of Pulmonary Rehab?
- Improved endurance
- Fewer hospital visits
- Learning how to control your lung disease
- Relieve your breathing problems
- Personalized interaction with healthcare staff
- Clear and effective education
- Family education, involvement, and support
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Pulmonary Rehab covered by health insurance?
Yes. Medicare and most commercial insurance carriers will cover the costs of Pulmonary Rehab. We will call your insurance company and talk with you about your coverage and any out of pocket expenses before you begin the program.
What will I do during Pulmonary Rehab?
Each session will include 30 minutes of education and up to an hour of exercise.
How many sessions will I attend?
The number of sessions will depend on your condition and fitness. We have 2 day and 3 day per week programs for our patients’ convenience.
Can I enter the program if I smoke?
Our certified nicotine dependence counselors offer help with quitting smoking as part of the program. Stopping smoking is an important part of getting stronger and healthier.
What will be monitored while I am exercising?
During each session, our staff will continuously monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.
What happens after I finish the program?
What you can learn and practice during the program should carry over into your daily life after the program ends.
How Do I Get Started?
If you have any of the following: COPD, chronic asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, restrictive wall disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplant or lung cancer, ask your provider to refer you to our Pulmonary Rehab Program.
White River Medical Center
1710 Harrison Street Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 262-6168