Pulmonary Rehab - Phase III
What is Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a maintenance exercise program designed for those who have either been through Phase II Pulmonary Rehabilitation or who do not have a new lung illness or diagnosis. Patients in this program should be fairly independent with exercise, although, your rehab therapist will help you to obtain independence within the class and will help to orient you. The purpose of this program is essentially similar to Phase II Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Your health care team will educate you on proper exercise, nutrition, and respiratory care while in rehab. These classes can be tremendously supportive to the patient learning how to cope with their illness or difficulties. Your Rehab Therapists will monitor your responses to exercise to determine if they are appropriate. They will encourage you to be an active participant in your health.
When Will I Have Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
This stage of rehab can begin at any time. It is never too late to enroll. If you are interested, call the Mercy H.E.A.R.T. Center to set up an initial appointment. With your doctor’s permission, you can get started usually within a week of having this initial assessment.
How Do I Become Involved in Phase III?
Your doctor will either refer you from the doctor’s office or you can call our office and ask if you are eligible. If we believe you are a good candidate, we will contact your doctor office to obtain a prescription. You will have an initial assessment to discuss your health history, medical records, medications, and treatment. Within 1 week or so, you are usually ready to begin regular rehab visits three days a week. You will choose a class time that works best for you and discuss this with your therapist.
How am I Monitored?
A respiratory therapist and a registered nurse will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturations at each therapy visit. They will also perform EKGs once a month, or as necessary. If you do have any serious signs or symptoms of impending problems, your therapist may contact your physician or treat you as necessary.
How is this Program Covered?
Most insurances will not cover this phase of the program. However, there are some exceptions to this. Please call your insurance company to determine if you do have benefits for Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation. If you do, discuss this with your therapist in order to bill appropriately. Patients usually pay out of pocket for this program. Each session is $5.50. Mercy Health Partners bills monthly. You will be charged for the number of sessions you attended at the end of each month.
When are Classes?
Classes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You have no obligation to show for a minimum number of visits, although the most benefit will be derived from two to three days per week. Classes are one hour long and are held at 7, 8, 9 and 10 a.m., and 1, 3, 4 and 5:15 p.m.
What is Next?
Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program you can stay in indefinitely. You can choose the number of classes you would like to attend each week or month. If you feel you need to change a class time on a particular day, it is usually not a problem, however, make arrangements in advance to do so.