Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Helping Patients Live with Chronic Respiratory Disease
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Abington Health Center-Schilling in Willow Grove provides medically supervised outpatient rehabilitation through exercise, education and support services for patients with chronic respiratory diseases.
You'll receive an individualized exercise plan developed and tailored to your physical abilities and breathing limitations by the pulmonary rehabilitation staff. You will feel safe knowing that your heart rate, oxygen level, blood pressure and symptoms are carefully monitored.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to assist in reducing shortness of breath, improving participation in physical and social activities and increasing the overall quality of life for patients with chronic respiratory diseases. Pulmonary rehabilitation can benefit individuals with diseases leading to chronic respiratory impairment, such as:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),
- persistent asthma,
- pulmonary fibrosis,
- lung cancer,
- pulmonary hypertension and
- cystic fibrosis.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help individuals cope and live better with chronic lung disease. To accomplish these goals, our specialists educate patients and their family members or caregivers, do exercise training, behavioral intervention, and evaluate outcomes. Our specialists address the unique health concerns and needs of each individual.
How Will Pulmonary Rehabilitation Help You?
Individual and group setting education covers topics such as:
- why you are short of breath,
- strategies for performing activities with less shortness of breath and
- stress management.
You will meet other patients with breathing problems, to share concerns and approaches to living. When exercising, you use many of the muscles in your body, including your heart, which is a muscle. Aerobic exercise increases circulation and will help improve your overall conditioning and endurance level. This allows you to better tolerate daily and recreational activities.
What Can I Expect?
Your exercise program will be tailored to your physical abilities and breathing limitations.
Types of exercise that may be included are a treadmill, stationary bike, recumbent stepper, arm ergometer and weights. You will feel safe knowing that when you exercise, your heart rate, oxygen level, blood pressure and symptoms are monitored by our registered respiratory therapists.
Will Insurance Cover Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Most insurance will cover Pulmonary Rehabilitation services. It is recommended that you call your insurance provider for eligibility, or call us and we can assist you with answering your questions.
What Happens after I Complete the Program?
After completing the program you can expect improved functional activities of daily living, increased confidence, decreased fear of shortness of breath, and improved energy level. What you learn and practice during the program should carry out into your daily life after you have finished. A home exercise program will be designed for you so the improvements you made will not be lost
To Schedule an Appointment
A physician’s prescription is required along with medical testing such as a pulmonary function test and six-minute walk. Discuss pulmonary rehabilitation with your healthcare provider to see if our services are a good choice for you. For more information about Abington Health’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services, contact us at 215-481-2038.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Abington Health Center-Schilling Campus
Suite 100, Willowood Building
2510 Maryland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090