If you have a chronic lung disease - such as emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary artery hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, or other restrictive lung disease - you may be a candidate for the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Community. People who live with pulmonary disease can be helped with therapy and exercise. It is our goal to provide you with techniques that can help you control your symptoms and disease. We want to help you breathe easier and stay as well as possible.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program is available to people suffering from chronic pulmonary disease and who meet insurance guidelines based on individual diagnosis criteria. Patients must be referred to the program by a physician.
For more information about the pulmonary rehab program, ask your physician for a referral or call:
- Community Heart and Vascular Hospital*: 317-621-5689
- Community Hospital East: 317-355-2914
- Community Hospital South: 317-887-7199
- Community Hospital Anderson: 765-298-5185
- Community Howard: 765-452-6700
Our pulmonary rehabilitation programs are tailored to meet your wellness goals. After taking a pulmonary function test and exercise walking test, our staff works with you and your physician to determine the best treatment plan for your lifestyle and needs. Goals of rehab include:
- Enhanced ability to carry out daily activities
- Reduction in symptoms, anxiety, and depression
- Reduced hospitalizations and emergency visits
- Improved exercise tolerance
- Improved independence and self-esteem
This is the inpatient portion of your recovery.
Phase 2 lasts for up to 36 sessions and focuses on skills training and physical reconditioning. During this part of the program, your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, breathing technique, and response to exercise are continuously monitored. During your program, we send progress reports to your physician so that he or she is kept up-to-date on your status. You will also receive support in the appropriate following areas:
- Pulmonary management, led by a registered respiratory therapist, exercise specialist, and/or registered nurse.
- Nutritional management, led by a nutritionist.
- Medication management, led by a registered pharmacist, registered respiratory therapist and/or registered nurse.
Phase 3 is a maintenance course for the graduates of Phases 1 and 2. At each visit, you will receive an initial evaluation before beginning your maintenance session and an exit evaluation before you leave. A friendly, supportive staff is available to answer questions and discuss topics of concern any time during your rehabilitation.
*A Department of Community Hospital East