At NCH, we work with you to develop a pulmonary rehabilitation program that meets your specific needs. NCH’s team of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists will design a program for you that will help to increase your strength and endurance while also preventing future problems.
You attend three exercise and education sessions per week, each about one-and-a-half hours in length. For the best long-term results, we divide the rehabilitation program into two parts. Phase II is the reconditioning process where it all begins. Phase III emphasizes maintaining the progress you have achieved in Phase II, and teaching you how to maintain your health once you complete the program.
NCH programs raise your level of physical activity and get you back to living your life more fully. Every program includes:
Fewer pulmonary problems mean you will:
We encourage a team approach for successful pulmonary rehab. Family members are welcome to join in all the educational and counseling sessions. And, we encourage your spouse or significant other to participate in the exercise part of the Maintenance program (Phase III).
Most health insurance companies cover the prescribed services of Part II – the reconditioning part of our program. Phase III, the maintenance part of the program, does involve modest out-of-pocket costs which may be covered by your flexible or healthcare spending account, or a supplemental insurance program.
One of NCH’s cardiopulmonary rehab team members will be glad to work with you to determine the extent of coverage, and options for services.
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