Living with Asthma - Education Programs

What are ‘Living With Asthma’ Education Programs about?

The Living with Asthma Education Programs are run by The Lung Wellness Clinic and involve small group discussions facilitated by a Certified Asthma Educator. Topics discussed in the sessions include: what is asthma, how to manage and control asthma, triggers and use of asthma medicines.

Who are the Programs For?

These programs are available to:

  • Asthmatics
  • Parents, families and caregivers whose children have been diagnosed with asthma
  • Children living with asthma
  • The community and general public
  • Interested Healthcare Professionals

Available Programs

Asthma in children is particularly challenging. Education will be given on all aspects that will assist in the understanding needed for day to day management and long term care of the asthmatic child.

When? 17h30 – 19h30 on the first Tuesday of each month
Where? To be advised
Cost? R350 per person

The Lung Wellness Clinic is pleased to offer a program for teens 12-16 years old who have asthma. Teens have the opportunity to participate in asthma-related games and activities while developing their skills for good asthma control. Learn about its causes, how to control it, what can trigger an attack and what you can do to prevent it.

Education sessions are held once a week for 2 weeks. Each class will cover different topics. These sessions are for teens only. Teens are welcome to bring a friend – your friend does not have to have asthma.

When? The sessions start at 17:30 to 19:30 on the third and fourth Tuesday evenings of each month
Where? To be advised
Cost? R500 for both sessions including supper (Pizza) – Please let us know if there are any known food allergies.

Fully comprehensive, basic, need-to-know asthma education will be shared with adult asthmatics covering an overview of asthma, causes, treatment options, triggers and trigger avoidance, self-management and action plans.

When? 17h30 – 19h30 on the first Wednesday of each month
Where? To be advised
Cost? R300 per person including light refreshments

Small Group Session

This is an interactive, fun filled, small group, school based program for children with asthma. The program consists of five sessions, 1 hour in length, held once per week at break time over a 5 week period. This program has been shown to have significant and clinically relevant benefits for children, families and school.

When? On request Monday – Friday in school term
Where? At schools
Cost? R150 per child per session (min 8 children)

 

Class Session

1 hour is spent in individual classrooms giving all children an overview on the basics of asthma. The aim is to increase asthma awareness and understanding in the community.

When? On request Monday – Friday in school term
Where? To be advised
Cost? R650 per class

Individual teaching sessions are available for families whose children have been diagnosed with asthma. Families receive information on how to manage and control their child’s asthma.

When? Monday – Friday by appointment
Where? To be advised
Cost? R650 per hour

An Asthma Educator is available to meet with a variety of community groups interested in the management of childhood asthma and allergies.

When? Monday – Saturday by appointment
Where? To be advised
Cost? R650 per hour plus preparation and travel

Our Asthma Educators are also happy to work with all clinic staff. Ask your Asthma Educator for an update on such topics as how to use an inhaler device, how to complete an Asthma Action Plan, or how to perform spirometry. We would be happy to help your staff meet their learning needs.

When? 08h30 – 16h00 last Friday of each month
Where? To be advised
Cost? R750 per person (min 10 persons)

Creating a forum whereby mothers living with asthmatic/allergic children can share information and concerns with the support and advice of other Mom’s and a certified Asthma Educator.

When? 11h30 – 13h00 on the first Saturday of each month
Where? To be advised
Cost? R300 per person including light refreshments

The primary aims of asthma education are to:

  • Provide an affordable, accessible, high quality, on-going community resource
  • To enhance the health and well-being of children who have asthma and their families.
  • Increasing awareness of asthma and its management
  • Excellence in educating children, families and health care professionals

The goals of asthma education are to:

Improve quality of life for children and families by improving asthma management. Children and their families develop knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and self-management skills to lead healthy active lives.

In addition healthcare professionals will improve skills to deliver high quality care for asthma sufferers.

Program co-ordinator and facilitator:

Lindsay Zurba

RN (Gen, Comm Health (hons), Midwifrey, Psych) (SA)
ICU (hons) (SA) 
Dip & Deg Mod’s Spirometry  (hons) (UK)
Dip Mod Asthma (hons) (SA)
Dip Module COPD (UK)
Dip Module Smoking Cessation (UK)
Dip Management Development Programme (GIBS) (hons) (SA)

Testimonials

It has been a wonderful pleasure meeting you and thank you for giving me more insight about asthma. I now have a better understanding.
You are very welcoming and wonderful with people. Keep up the good work.

Mbali Mahaye
15 June 2020

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