Samaritan Healthcare’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides comprehensive rehabilitative care for patients with chronic lung diseases. Pulmonary rehab is based on thorough patient assessments followed by patient-tailored therapies—including exercise training, education, and behavioral changes—designed to improve patients’ physical and psychological health.
In addition to improving overall pulmonary health, other benefits of pulmonary rehab include:
Lessen breathing difficulties
Understand how to use medication and oxygen appropriately
Decreased symptoms of lung disease or condition
Improved ability to function better in daily activities
Improved exercise tolerance
Decreased symptoms and improved management of anxiety and depression
What happens in Pulmonary Rehab?
Following a referral from your primary care physician or provider, our Exercise Physiologists will schedule an initial assessment. At this appointment, you will complete a six-minute walk test and a series of surveys to provide insight into your physical and psychological condition and the severity of your lung disease.
After the assessment, the Exercise Physiologists will develop your individualized treatment plan. You may attend up to 36 supervised exercise sessions at a minimum of two or three times per week. These sessions include aerobic exercise classes and education about specific lung diseases and conditions. During exercise sessions you will be provided with oxygen and have continuous oxygen saturation monitoring to ensure your safety.
Follow-up assessments are done frequently throughout the program to ensure that each patient’s individualized treatment plan is effective. An exercise physiologist will also complete a final assessment to assess the improvements in your overall exercise tolerance and your pulmonary health.
To learn more, talk to your primary care provider or call the Pulmonary Rehab team at 509.793.9659.
Samaritan Health Care Pulmonary Rehabilitation services adheres to the guidelines set forth by AACVPR.