Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located within the Cardiopulmonary Department.

Carlinville Area Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers Phase I, II and III rehab. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for those suffering with pulmonary conditions.

Pulmonary Rehab focuses on the individual through monitored exercise to help them improve their endurance levels. Patients will walk away with a better understanding of their condition and how to manage it on a daily basis through energy conservation, breathing techniques, diet and stress management.

Common Diseases Treated With Pulmonary Rehab:

  • COPD
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Asthma

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab Include: 

  • Improvement in exercise tolerance (demonstrated in six min walk distance)
  • Improvement in dyspnea with activity
  • Improvement in muscle strength and endurance
  • Improvement in quality of life

How do I know if I need Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

  • Do you become short of breath when you walk a block?
  • Do you become short of breath when you bend, stoop or need to carry an object?
  • Does your breathing become difficult when you become anxious?
  • Do you find yourself staying home just because it’s too much effort to get ready to leave the house?
  • Is it important for you to understand your lung condition and how to deal with it?

If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, joining the Pulmonary Rehab program at Carlinville Area Hospital may be the solution to your breathing problems.

Participants will meet 3 days a week for six to ten weeks. A referral from your personal physician is required.

For more information or to enroll, call 217-854-3141, ext. 355.


The CAH Pulmonary Rehab offers a Phase I, Phase II and Phase III program:

Phase I: Inpatient Rehab

Phase II : Is a 12-18 week program, which meets 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday & Fridays) for 1 hour sessions. It does require a physicians order to enroll. Phase II has two major components:

  1. Exercise training to help patients learn how to exercise safely, strengthen muscles and increase endurance to improve their quality of life. The staff monitors the patients by watching their heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen concentration and blood pressure to evaluate their tolerance to increased activity.
  2. Education, counseling and support to help patients and their families understand their lung condition and find ways to reduce their shortness of breath and increase their quality of life. Also help patients learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and deal with fears about the future.

Phase III : Is a maintenance exercise program that continues to support what is taught in Phase II. This is a more independent program but patients will continue to be monitored periodically as needed.

Click here to view the Pulmonary Rehabilitation brochure.