Pulmonary Rehabilitation

“Like a fish out of water, gasping for air” is how one asthma patient described it.

For the estimated 115 million people living with chronic pulmonary conditions such as emphysema, persistent asthma, COPD or lung cancer, every breath is a battle. Even simple tasks like getting dressed or climbing the stairs can be exhausting.  If they aren’t managed properly, these diseases can lead to repeated trips to the doctor or extended stays in the hospital.

The Blue Sky Pulmonary Program is designed to improve the overall conditions and respiratory status of patients who have one or more pulmonary conditions. By reducing the tendency of these conditions to worsen, we help residents to become more confident in participating in activities that may have once caused them anxiety. In addition, re-hospitalizations may be avoided.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that uses exercise and education to put people with chronic lung conditions back in charge of their breathing.  Patients in this program find that they are less short of breath, less tired and more independent. And to top it off, research has shown that people with chronic lung conditions who exercise just generally feel better! If they are hospitalized, they are usually admitted for a shorter period of time than those who don’t exercise.

While almost everyone can safely engage in exercise, deciding what’s “safe” needs to be individualized. This is where Blue Sky Therapy’s pulmonary rehabilitation specialists can help. We provide one-on-one instruction: our therapists will help you adjust your level of exercise to your own needs, spend extra time educating you about your condition, and give you personalized feedback on performance and progress. The final result: an improved quality of life.

Who benefits from our pulmonary rehabilitation program? Pulmonary rehab patients are suffering from one or more of the following:

  • COPD
  • Persistent asthma
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Obstructive/restrictive lung disease
  • Lung transplant

After having received pulmonary-respiratory services as a hospital inpatient, many will enroll in our pulmonary rehabilitation program upon return to their skilled nursing facility or assisted-living facility. Others are referred from their doctor. The program is designed to help patients increase stamina, decrease breathlessness and reduce the risk of disease progression.

After an initial evaluation, our clinicians will work with the physician to design an individually tailored exercise plan that promotes increased pulmonary efficiency.   Patients are monitored closely by a respiratory therapist as they maintain a specific activity regimen.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is covered by insurance and recognized by Medicare. A physician referral is required.

So … take a deep breath, and know that we are here for you!