Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) combines exercise, education, and support to help you improve your overall health and well-being. PR is provided by a health care team and covered by MSI. Programs run for up to 3 months with sessions 2 to 3 times a week. Each session is typically 1 to 2 hours long.
The PR Program may be right for you if you have a chronic lung disease, such as COPD or lung fibrosis. If symptoms such as shortness of breath or decreased strength make it harder for you to do daily activities, the PR Program may help.
If you would like more info about the PR Program, please call the program coordinator.
Tracy Cushing, RRT, CRE
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator
Cobequid Community Health Centre
You will have at least one visit with members of the PR team near where you live. This will include an assessment of your current health, medications, and physical abilities. You will also have some tests, such as an exercise stress test, before or during your assessment.
You will go to supervised exercise classes 2 times per week. Each class lasts about 1-1.5 hours. An exercise program will be developed for you based on your stress test, medical history, and goals. Classes include a group warm-up, exercise in individual and group sessions, and a group cool-down.
Information about your condition will help you and your family manage your lung disease. The education sessions are about 1 hour long. Sessions will teach you about:
At the Cobequid Community Health Centre, PR is being offered in 2 ways:
You can discuss which program may be best for you by speaking to the program coordinator.
Talk to your family doctor or a member of your health care team about being referred to your local PR Program.
For more information, click on the link below to view the Nova Scotia Health pamphlet Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.