Better Breathing Program ImageOur Better Breathing program offers in-home pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with breathing difficulties. You will work with a dedicated physical therapist who will develop an individual plan of care focused on achieving your goals. Better Breathing is a proven, comprehensive program that incorporates exercise training in the home, education and behavior change. Our goal is to improve your quality of life by helping you better manage the effects of your disease so that you can continue to live safely and independently at home.

When Better Breathing Care is Right for You

Our Better Breathing program is ordered by a doctor for people with diseases that affect their breathing and functional status. These include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, congestive heart failure, serious asthma and neuromuscular disease. Your participation in the program requires you to be a non smoker or working toward smoking cessation.

You must also be willing to participate in the program and follow through with the instructions and exercises to improve your health-related quality of life.


Better Breathing Services

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing care
  • Social work services
  • Education about your disease, oxygen use, diet and nutrition and techniques for energy conservation
  • Management of medications related to your condition, in particular, guidance on how to properly take inhaled medications
  • Home safety assessment to identify and remove risks for fall

Our goal is to improve your functional status, teach you strategies to deal with anxiety and shortness of breath, improve your aerobic capacity, reduce preventable hospitalizations and emergency room visits, promote better self-management and help you remain safely at home.


Meet Eugene, a Better Breathing Success Story

Nurse14Eugene worked with Melanie Moore, PT, one of our Better Breathing clinicians. Listen to Eugene, in his own words, talk about how the Better Breathing program helped him.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Better Breathing program?

Call Kim LaGue, PT, or use the contact form to the upper right.