Pulmonary Rehab

Judy following her exercise routine.
Judy following her exercise routine.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and cystic fibrosis affect nearly 2 million Americans. However, with preventive and rehabilitative care, patients can reduce the need for hospitalization and experience a better quality of life. A personalized program of education and exercise, with changes in diet and smoking habits, can help you return to a higher degree of physiological and psychological function.

What we can do for you

Our team at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department give you and your family the information and support you need to meet the day-to-day challenges of living with a chronic lung disorder. We provide individualized care through multidisciplinary teams that include respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and other healthcare professionals.

  • Supervised exercise training
  • Instruction on the use of respiratory medications and devices such as nebulizers and inhalers
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Breathing retraining
  • Energy conservation tips
  • Living with a chronic disease

Continuing help

When you complete our pulmonary rehabilitation program, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System also offers Phase III and IV programs. These supervised exercise maintenance programs, let people with pulmonary disease to maintain exercise levels reached in the initial pulmonary program.

Goals of the maintenance program are to:

  • Control and lessen the symptoms and complications of pulmonary disease.
  • Teach you how to improve physical capabilities and achieve an optimal level of independence.
  • Reduce frequent recurrent hospitalizations.

For more information, call our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at (605) 882-7850.