Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

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Pulmonary rehabilitation is an outpatient medically supervised program aimed to help you effectively manage symptoms of your lung condition.

At Memorial, we believe having a lung condition does not have to stop you from living your life to the fullest. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to empower you with the tools to give you your life back.

Our comprehensive approach emphasizes:

  • Patient- and family-centered goal setting
  • Lung disease management education
  • Exercise prescription and therapy
  • Breathing techniques
  • Proper use of pulmonary medications
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Stress management strategies
  • Lung risk factor modification
  • Tobacco cessation

Our goal is more than just for you to live with your lung condition, but for you to thrive beyond it.

Lung Conditions Treated

You would benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation if you have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Other diseases or disorders of the lung

How does pulmonary rehabilitation benefit you?

Recent studies have shown that people who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program have shown:

  • A 37% reduction in mortality
  • Increased exercise capacity
  • Increased quality of life
  • Decreased exacerbation
  • Decreased hospital readmission

Other significant benefits include:

  • Improve stamina and strength
  • Reduced shortness of breath with activities
  • Returning to activities, including hobbies and regular exercise regimens
  • Learning to eat healthier and managing stress better
  • Improved confidence and feelings of well-being
  • Less feelings of anxiety or depression

Memorial Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team

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Our compassionate, dedicated and collaborative team approach provide more than an exceptional service, but a life-changing experience. Our multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Clinical exercise physiologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Patient financial services representatives
  • Behavioral health resources
  • Social services resources
  • Tobacco cessation resources

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Guidelines

Our pulmonary rehabilitation program follow guidelines and regulations set forth by:

What You Can Expect From Each Session

Pulmonary rehabilitation is not just exercise, but an experience. You will be given an individualized treatment plan and will exercise alongside other people with similar pulmonary conditions. This social approach allows for a supportive, encouraging and motivating atmosphere.

Each session will include:

  • Individualized exercise plans based on your specific goals. Exercises consist of:
    • Cardiovascular (aerobic)
    • Balance
    • Mobility (flexibility and agility)
    • Posture/gait training
    • Resistance (strength training)
  • Supplemental oxygen, as needed
  • Vitals monitoring, including oxygen saturation
  • Pulmonary disease management education
  • Daily session reports
  • Monthly progress reports to your physician

Pulmonary Education

Learning how to manage your lung condition is an important part of pulmonary rehabilitation. Our education program offer specific topics for patients with various pulmonary conditions to help you and your family manage your symptoms so you can live a longer, more active life.

Our educational resources include topics, such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the lungs
  • Your specific lung disease or disorder
  • Pulmonary medication therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Breathing techniques
  • Airway clearance
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety/depression coping strategies
  • Energy conservation
  • Infection prevention
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Managing shortness of breath while eating
  • And other pulmonary education topics

At completion of the program, you will be empowered with the tools you need to manage the symptoms of your lung condition, have more confidence, and enjoy the activities that mean the most to you.

Does my insurance cover pulmonary rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is covered by Medicare and most healthcare insurance companies.

The number of sessions authorized may vary based on diagnosis but are typically covered for up to 36 sessions. As a courtesy, our patient financial service representatives will verify your insurance benefits and eligibility and help you get started.

Contact Us

Memorial Hospital West
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
703 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Phone: 954-844-7125
Email: cardiacandpulmonaryrehabilitation@mhs.net

Memorial Regional Hospital
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
300 Hollywood Way
Hollywood, FL 33021

Phone: 954-265-5800
Email: cardiacandpulmonaryrehabilitation@mhs.net