Emory Decatur Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, offered within the hospital’s Wellness Center, is an exercise and education program designed to improve the quality of life of those who have a chronic lung condition or breathing problems. Components of the program include assessment, breathing retraining, exercise, psychosocial intervention and follow up. Program goals include:
- Controlling symptoms and complications of respiratory impairment
- Improving overall quality of life
- Avoiding long-term convalescence
- Promoting independence and ability to perform daily activities
- Reducing the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits
Pulmonary rehab participants are referred to the program by their physicians. Speak with your physician about making a referral. An initial assessment will be scheduled for each patient after receiving the referral. The length of a patient’s rehabilitation participation is determined by the patient’s individual needs and insurance coverage. Patients remain under the supervision of their physicians throughout the pulmonary rehabilitation program to ensure the highest quality of service. Our pulmonary rehab staff will be happy to verify your insurance coverage prior to beginning.
Which Patients May Benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
The following diagnosis are appropriate for pulmonary rehabilitation:
- COPD: Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Post Lung Reduction Surgery
- Post Lung Transplant