If you have a chronic lung disorder such as bronchitis, emphysema or asthma, Allegiance Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help. We will work with you on an individual basis and provide education and moderate, supervised exercise to help you breathe easier and live life to its fullest.
Participants in Pulmonary Rehabilitation meet two times a week for 4-12 weeks.
Your rehabilitation team will consist of:
A referral from your doctor is necessary for you to enter the program. You will then be scheduled for an evaluation session with a respiratory therapist to determine what testing may be needed.
A Registered Respiratory Therapist
A therapist is present at all times to give you instruction and encouragement in such things as proper breathing techniques, relaxation, coughing techniques, and proper inhaler usage. The therapist will help you better understand your condition and how to cope with fears, anxieties, panic attacks and depression.
A pharmacist will provide you with important information regarding your medications, their actions and potential side effects.
The dietitian’s role is to educate you about food shopping, label reading and which foods are good for people with chronic lung diseases. The dietitian also helps with positive ideas for food preparation.
You are the most important team member. You must want to succeed and be an active member of the team. You can do this by helping us set realistic goals for yourself and committing to the program.
Your family or loved ones are welcome to attend the educational sessions. The more they learn about your disease and the more you and your family learn to communicate, the easier it will be for them to support you.
When you have completed the program, you should continue to exercise at least three times a week. For those who want an organized system for pursuing their Allegiance offers a self-pay maintenance program for those who would like a little more assistance. Should you decide not to join the maintenance program, the staff can help you set up a home exercise routine.
For added support and education, we recommend the Better Breathers Club of Jackson. This support group is affiliated with Allegiance Health and the American Lung Association.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects people of all ages. Those with asthma have coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Symptoms can be severe, disrupt a person’s life and even be life-threatening. However, many asthma symptoms can be prevented.
If you live with asthma, Allegiance Health has designed a program just for you—Allegiance Asthma Resources.
Allegiance Asthma Resources gives you the information and skills you need to manage asthma. We will work together and show you how to:
- Maintain control of symptoms
- Prevent increased symptoms
- Maintain normal activity, including exercise
- Avoid adverse effects from asthma medication and prevent costly hospitalizations
The Treatment Team
The Allegiance Asthma Resources team consists of:
- Your physician (a referral is required)
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
- Nurses and dietitians
- …and You!
Asthma Resources is designed to compliment your physician’s treatment. Participants meet for two, one-hour sessions.