Pulmonary Rehabilitation

You Don’t Have to Fight Lung Disease Alone

CentraCare offers outpatient respiratory care programs designed for those who have chronic lung conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis and other lung conditions.

These programs can help you:

  • Live more comfortably and independently
  • Improve your daily living
  • Control your illness
  • Avoid hospital admission

Respiratory therapists, nurses, exercise physiologists and other health care workers tailor education to meet your needs and teach you how to live better with your lung condition.

What to Expect

This two-hour class meets twice a week working toward individual goals. Classes are small to allow for one-on-one time with the instructor and staff. A family member or friend can join you for the education portion of the class.

This program covers:

  • Lung function and treatment of your condition
  • Strategies for managing shortness of breath
  • Medications (side effects and self-care)
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Ways to manage your diet
  • Symptom assessment and knowing when to seek medical treatment
  • Monitored and supervised exercise, tailored to your needs
  • Strategies to quit smoking

To join:

  • Talk to pulmonary rehab specialists by calling a location near you.
  • Talk to your provider.
  • Call your insurance company with benefit questions. Most insurance plans cover the cost of pulmonary rehabilitation.

Need more information about lung disease?

Access videos by visiting Patient Education Library and using the password: 02514.

Breath Savers Support Group

Sign up to attend the Breath Savers Support Group. This group meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss topics of interest for those with chronic lung conditions.

To learn more, call 320-251-2700, ext. 54345.

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