Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Community Memorial Hospital is a comprehensive, individualized approach to treating respiratory problems in which therapy, education and exercise help patients achieve their maximum breathing potential.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (emphysema, bronchitis), and other pulmonary conditions. The program helps patients with breathing retraining, cough management, energy conservation, medication education and stress and anxiety management.
Education and Management for Pulmonary Disorder
A significant part of the program is education. To manage chronic breathing problems, patients must learn to use breathing muscles more efficiently. It is also important to learn to recognize symptoms and improve general health and conditioning. Our interdisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation staff develops strategies and exercises to accomplish this.
The program includes:
- Education: how the lungs work and how to most effectively use your medications.
- Managing Symptoms: importance of early treatment, relaxation techniques and how to conserve energy and prevent infection.
- Breathing Retraining: cough techniques and exercises that allow for easier breathing.
- Exercise Training: how to improve muscle strength and endurance to achieve the best possible physical condition. Exercise sessions are held twice a week.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Disorder
- shortness of breath in daily activities
- difficulty completing daily activities
- limited exercise tolerance
- frequent hospitalizations
- frequent respiratory infections
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located just minutes from the hospital at North Hills Health Center, near the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Good Hope Road in Menomonee Falls. There is ample free parking in a surface lot in front of the building.
Pulmonary Support Group
Community Memorial Hospital's Pulmonary Support Group helps people with chronic pulmonary illness and their families share and cope with their experiences.
The group meets for an educational presentation and social gathering on most second Wednesdays of the month, from fall through spring. Please call Careconnection at 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332 to verify meeting dates and locations.
The support group is free. You do not need to pre-register.