Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Maintenance
Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Maintenance Program
Our goal in Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to support and strengthen patients who have been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. The primary focus of Pulmonary Rehabilitation is on controlling symptoms, minimizing further damage to the lungs and learning to most effectively use lung capacity. Upon graduation, we offer a Maintenance Program to help you continue in your success.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program focuses on lung anatomy and physiology, disease process, symptom management and specifically includes:
- Lung anatomy and physiology
- Lung disease process
- Pursed lip breathing
- Pulmonary medications
- Preventing infection
- Anxiety-breathlessness cycle
- Relaxation techniques
- Energy conservation
- Body position for better breathing
- Breathing techniques
- Nutrition and lung disease
Call 706.282.4182 for more information.
Who is a Candidate for Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a candidate for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. COPD includes the following:
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Pulmonary or cystic fibrosis
If you have a diagnosis other than COPD please contact us for more information.
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The many benefits of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation include:
- Understand and cope with the disease better
- Improvement of exercise tolerance
- Ability to carry out daily activities with less difficulty.
- Reduction in anxiety and depression
- Improvement of self-esteem
- Decrease in hospitalizations and emergency room visits
How to Join
To join the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program you must have a physician referral. Our staff can help facilitate the referral process by contacting your physician.
Many insurance plans provide coverage for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is 18 visits and each visit lasts about 1 hour. Once the participant has completed and is discharged from the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, they are encouraged to continue an exercise program. With this in mind, we offer a maintenance class for all Pulmonary Rehabilitation graduates. The Cardiopulmonary facility is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with class times flexible.
Stephens County Hospital
163 Hospital Drive
Toccoa, GA 30577