Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Breathe Better, Live Better

Developing a lung condition can seriously diminish quality of life for both the person affected and for their family. Pulmonary rehabilitation offered through MidMichigan Health can often enable individuals to return to a more active and enjoyable life.

The goal of MidMichigan’s rehab programs is to reduce a patient’s shortness of breath and improve their overall strength and stamina. Successfully controlling some physical symptoms improves the ability to participate in day-to-day activities.

While treatment results can vary by patient and condition severity, this program is designed to lessen the physical and emotional impact of chronic lung diseases and maximize each patient’s breathing capacity. Pulmonary rehabilitation cannot cure lung disease, but it has been shown to decrease the number and length of hospitalizations and help individuals to be more in control of their breathing.

Individuals who can benefit from pulmonary rehab include those with:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), such as - chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma
  • Other diseases that cause breathing problems, including - interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and sarcoidosis
  • In addition, lung transplant or lung reduction surgery patients benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation and it is often a pre-requisite

Program Highlights

Pulmonary rehabilitation available through MidMichigan Health offers a physician directed multidisciplinary team approach, including nurses and respiratory therapists. The focus is a personalized approach to therapy with an individualized treatment plan.

  • Eight- to 12-week therapy program in Alma and Midland. In Alpena, a maximum of 36 sessions are offered over the course of a lifetime
  • Therapeutic exercise which includes aerobic and resistance training for both upper and lower body
  • Self Management Education, topics include: lung anatomy, breathing retraining, oxygen utilization and safety, medication awareness, nutrition and much more, to help you live a more active, enjoyable lifestyle
  • A positive atmosphere that helps set realistic goals to breathe more efficiently with the lung function you have
  • Learn breathing techniques to help overcome moments of panic and assist you in returning to normal breathing
  • Build endurance levels so that you can walk longer distances with less shortness of breath
  • Increased sociability and sharing of helpful knowledge and experience throughout the program with other people with chronic lung disease
  • Upon completion of therapy, individuals have access to maintenance programs available; where patients can exercise and continue to receive support and guidance through the health system

Support Groups

To provide ongoing support to individuals with chronic lung conditions and their family and friends, MidMichigan Health offers free support groups in Midland. These groups are designed to offer a caring, encouraging atmosphere, while providing education and answering questions and concerns about lung conditions.

Find dates and times for Breathing Easy Support Group in Midland

Costs, Insurance and Referrals

Pulmonary rehabilitation is often covered by Medicare, and most commercial insurance, when ordered by a physician. Self-pay maintenance programs allow individuals to maintain the strength and endurance that was acquired during treatment. If you have questions about coverage, your insurance carrier or your employer's benefits department is the best source of information.

Other payment arrangements also may be made. For more information, contact our billing and insurance department.

If you have been diagnosed with a lung condition, pulmonary rehabilitation may help you return to an active life. To learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation services available through MidMichigan Health, or for referral to a physician who specializes in lung conditions, please call MidMichigan Health Line at (800) 999-3199.

Medication Management

Medications play an expanding role in health care as we grow older. People are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses with advancing age, and appropriate medication can help seniors live longer and more active lives. However, medication use in older adults is also more likely to be associated with safety concerns. Kevin Przybylski, Pharm.D., C.A.C.P., pharmacist for MidMichigan Health discusses the importance of avoiding drug interactions and how to properly manage your medications.

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