Saint Alphonsus Health System

Pulmonary Rehab

Anyone who suffers symptomatic Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can benefit from the Saint Alphonsus Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. COPD includes a number of lung diseases that block the exchange of air in the lungs. The most common of these diseases are emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program helps you achieve the most active and fulfilling life possible. Your personal rehabilitation goals are developed according to your needs and expectations. Skilled professionals from various disciplines assist you with physical conditioning, breathing retraining, bronchial hygiene, stress management and social needs in order to improve your overall quality of life.

After an assessment by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation team, your specific program is designed. There are three phases:

Phase I
Based on your physician's referral, care is offered on an inpatient basis during Phase I. Following your individual evaluation, short and long-term goals are developed, demonstrations and consultations are presented to help educate you and your family. Your medications, diet and physical ability are also evaluated, and an individualized home care program of nutrition, therapy and exercise is designed for you.

Phase II
During Phase II, you receive an individual monitored exercise program that may include bike, treadmill, and weight use as well as walking. Three times a week for six weeks, you will also practice relaxation and stress management, and participate in breathing exercises. This phase is designed to help improve your heart rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and peak flow.

Phase III
In Phase III, you take personal responsibility for your program, learning ongoing maintenance and reinforcement of the conditioning skills taught in Phase I and II. The Rehabilitation Center continues to provide motivation and to periodically reassess your progress. Phase III is optional.

For more information on Pulmonary Rehabilitation call 208-367-3199.