EPA provides resources and information for physicians and healthcare plan administrators to create home visit programs. Home visit programs are proven to be effective to improve overall quality of life and productivity, improving asthma symptoms and reducing the number of school days missed due to asthma.
- For physicians: Developing a home visit program
- Information for parents, caregivers and people with asthma
For asthma resources and publications specifically for healthcare providers, visit the Healthcare Professionals webpage.
Join AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org to talk with other practitioners, access an extensive resource bank and watch archived webinars to help you develop a comprehensive home visit program.
Developing a home visit program
Home-based multi-trigger, multi-component interventions with an environmental focus for children with asthma are proven to reduce exposure to multiple indoor asthma triggers (e.g., "The Community Guide: What works to promote health" at www.thecommunityguide.org/asthma/multicomponent.html ).
These interventions involve home visits by trained personnel to conduct two or more activities, including:
- Assessment of the home environment.
- Changing the indoor home environment to reduce exposure to asthma triggers.
- Education about the home environment.
|Asthma Home Environment Checklist
This checklist guides home care visitors in identifying environmental asthma triggers most commonly found in homes. It includes sections on the building, home interior and room interior and provides low-cost action steps for remediation.
|Implementing An Asthma
Home Visit Program: 10 Steps To Help Health Plans Get Started
This guide offers health care organizations step-by-step instructions on how to start an asthma home visit program, with emphasis on environmental risk factor management. Representatives from seven health care plans share their experiences and recommendations.
Information for parents, caregivers and people with asthma
Are you a parent or caregiver interested in having a home visit? If so, talk to your doctor about scheduling a home visit. Other resources to manage asthma triggers in the home include:
|Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma (PDF) (36 pp, 1.4 M, About PDF) [EPA 402-F-04-021]
This brochure offers tips on how to manage asthma and follow simple steps to minimize exposure to asthma triggers found indoors and out.
Ayude a su niño a controlar el asma (PDF) (36 pp,
657 K, Disponible en PDF) [EPA 402-F-05-021]
|Clearing the Air: 10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly
(Cómo purificar el aire que provoca ataques de asma en interiores: Diez pasos para hacer su casa acogedora para asmáticos)
This one-page, simple-to-follow guidance document lists recommended actions to help control asthma triggers in the home.
|Age Healthier, Breathe Easier: Information for Older Adults and their Caregivers
This fact sheet describes environmental hazards and triggers for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma. It is available in multiple languages and easy to read formats as well as in poster formats on EPA's Aging Initiative website.