MaineGeneral Medical Center's pulmonary rehabilitation is a program for people with chronic lung diseases.
Offered at MGMC's campuses in Augusta and Waterville, our pulmonary rehab program includes exercise, education and group discussions.
It is designed to help patients return to doing many everyday activities they may have trouble doing.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is intended for people:
- With chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis.
- Who are limited in what they can do because of shortness of breath.
- Who want to take an active part in controlling their disease and getting the most out of life.
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps to:
- Decrease shortness of breath
- Improve your quality of life
- Increase your independence
- Improve your understanding of the disease and how to manage it
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
When you enroll in pulmonary rehabilitation, you will learn:
- How your lungs work
- How to save energy in daily activities
- About your medications, how they work and when you should take them
- Breathing and coughing techniques
- How to use special equipment
- Things that can trigger physical and emotional problems and ways to deal with them
- How to reduce stress
- What to eat and drink to help you stay healthy
Participants meet twice a week for six to nine weeks. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are available in Augusta and Waterville.
Your doctor can refer you to the pulmonary rehabilitation program or you may refer yourself. We will follow up with your physician.
Most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover the cost of the program. Some require a co-payment for each visit. Contact your insurance company for needed coverage information.
You may ask your doctor to refer you to the program or refer yourself and we will follow up with your physician.
For more information, please call (207) 626-1311 in Augusta or (207) 872-1353.