Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program for anyone with chronic breathing problems.
Our Mission: To improve and support the daily functioning, independence and quality of life of people who live with chronic breathing problems by improving their ability to breathe.
Welcome to Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Phase 2)
We are a hospital based outpatient program that provides comprehensive lung health education for prevention and wellness, progressive strength/endurance exercise training and staff/peer support for those who live with the challenges of chronic breathing problems. Our goal is to work alongside those who struggle with chronic lung disease to help them have a better quality of life by improving their physical functioning and lung health knowledge base.
- 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
Our support for improved self-management and quality of life includes providing:
- Monthly support groups meetings for education, peer and healthcare resource support.
- Follow up after rehab for continued connection with Pulmonary Rehab as a healthcare resource to identify any potential problems and aid in early interventions
- Access to local/community resources
- An avenue to decrease social isolation
Continuing Pulmonary Rehab Exercise with us:
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. This is called Phase 3 Pulmonary Rehab.
Monthly Education and Support Group Meetings
We meet the last Tuesday of every month, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rehab education room on the main floor at Pen Bay Medical Center, located in the room at the end of the Cancer Care hallway. This meeting is open to those with lung health issues as well as their friends and family and anyone interested in learning more about lung health wellness. Absolutely everyone is welcome, it is free and there is no pre registration or sign up required.
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 healthcare specialists on a consult as needed basis.