Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Pen Bay Medical Center
Pen Bay Medical Center pulmonary rehabilitation services help people with chronic breathing problems. Our goal is to improve and support the daily functioning, independence and quality of life of people who live with chronic breathing problems.
For more information, call us at 207-301-8880.
About Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- To learn all about your lung condition
- To understand lung health treatment management for wellness and prevention
- To learn all about your breathing medicines and how to take them with good results
- To learn breathing techniques that will help you to control your shortness of breath
- To increase your ability to do everyday activities
- To recognize the triggers around you that make your breathing worse
- To become more physically independent and less isolated
- To develop healthy coping strategies for the stress of living with chronic lung disease
- To recognize the early signs and symptoms of lung health worsening
- To improve your daily quality of life
- To decrease your need for urgent care and emergency room visits
- To meet others who struggle with breathing problems and find support
- To become less isolated
- To have an improved daily quality of life
- How to begin exercise? How to be more active?
- Breathing exercises to control shortness of breath
- The respiratory system: How your lungs work
- What is Chronic Lung Disease?
- Understanding your breathing medicines, inhalers, spaces, nebulizers and more
- Simplifying your daily activities. Conserving your energy
- Keeping your air passages clear
- Understanding your lung health tests
- Nutrition & lung disease
- Your health risks: Staying well and healthy. What can you do?
- What are your triggers? Those things that can make your breathing worse?
- Panic breathing and relaxation techniques
- Stress and breathing. How to cope with stress
- Emotional challenges of living with chronic lung disease
- Building your home exercise & strength training plan
- Aging with chronic lung disease
- Community resources for lung disease
- Monthly support group meetings provide education and support.
- Post-rehab check-ins help identify any potential problems that require intervention
- Access to local/community resources
- Connection with peers can decrease social isolation
To maintain your improved physical tolerance we help you to progress from exercise in rehab to daily home exercise by devising a home exercise plan home that includes pacing, breath control and self-monitoring techniques for safety and continued independence at home. We also allow and encourage you to come back for independent exercise training twice a week in our rehab exercise room where you will always have a rehab specialist to guide you.
Lead by pulmonologist, Andrew Filderman, MD., our pulmonary rehab team is a collaborative effort of health care professionals that includes respiratory therapists, rehab nurses, exercise specialists, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, and other health care specialists as needed.