Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. Our goal is to help patients improve their quality of life and reduce the severity of their symptoms. Each participant receives a plan tailored to their individual needs that includes exercise and educational components.
The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is unique because it is an individualized program that occurs in a group setting. Participants build relationships with other members of the group and encourage each other in their progress.
Pulmonary classes now available
Classes at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler at 703 S. Fleishel are held twice a week and consist of monitored exercise, educational presentations and group dialogue. To join the program, patients must be referred by their personal physician. All program exercise is supervised by a licensed respiratory therapist and participants are monitored before, during and after exercise to ensure patient safety.
- Improved quality of life
- Reduced respiratory symptoms
- Increased exercise tolerance and performance
- Enhanced ability to perform daily routine
- Ability to return to work for some patients
- Increased knowledge of pulmonary disease and its management
- Reduced number of hospitalizations and length of stay
- Reduced depression and anxiety caused by chronic pulmonary disease
- Improved feelings of hope, control and esteem
Better Breathers Support Group
Better Breathers, a support group for patients with chronic respiratory disease, meets monthly. Physicians and other health care professionals speak on issues that impact the lives of respiratory patients dealing with chronic disease.