To access this program, you need a referral from a family physician. If you do
not have a local family physician, please browse and contact a doctor on this list of physicians accepting new patients to discuss this
The Wood Buffalo PCN Telehealth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
provides patients with chronic lung problems the ability to better manage their
disease through clinically-supervised exercise and education services. Ask your
local family physician if you would benefit from participation.
The program duration is 8 weeks, with two sessions each
week. Follow-up care and participation in other programs at the WB PCN without
further referrals is also possible. Your clinicians will work with you to determine
an ongoing care plan that is best suited to your needs and interests.
The intent of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to
help you to:
Increase your level of exercise and thereby diminish any
disabilities you may have due to your chronic lung problems.Improve your compliance with your recommended treatments, as
well as early treatment of any exacerbations, in order to decrease the risk of
hospitalization.Decrease the frequency and severity of your symptoms.Improve your mood and motivation.Increase your autonomy through a more effective daily
management of your disease.Improve your participation in daily activities, and improve
your quality of life.
Exercise (2 hours each session)
Exercises are tailored to your individual capabilities and
needs; they include warm-ups, stretches, breathing techniques, muscle
strengthening, and endurance through utilizing weights, stationary bicycles,
treadmills, and walking.
Your oxygen level and heart rate will be carefully monitored
by your clinicians during all physical activities. We keep our class sizes
small to ensure that you receive individual attention and can progress through
the program safely.
Education (1 hour each session)
Educational sessions are presented by the registered respiratory therapist and the exercise specialist. One family member or
personal support (friend, etc.) may accompany you during the education session
if space permits. Topics covered include conserving energy, breathing techniques,
coping with fear, anger, and stress, relaxation strategies, choosing healthy
foods, and the importance of exercise.
To participate in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, ask
your family physician if you are eligible for a referral.
Contact us for more information.