Thursday, December 13, 2018
Home Care

Why choose care in your home?

  • Personalization of services
  • To preserve the family unit
  • Care at home is much less expensive
  • It may postpone or prevent institutionalization
  • Families can be directly involved in care and receive personalized support

Care in the home for a family member represents the best American tradition.  It is both the oldest and the newest form of healthcare.  Home care is able to take advantage of modern technologies making nearly everything that is done in the hospital available in the home.  Care provided in the home may also protect patients from some illnesses associated with hospitalization.

To fill out a home health inquiry form, click on the link below or call us at 319-653-7758 or 800-655-7758. We would be happy to discuss our available services with you.


Home Health Inquiry Form

Home Health Payment Guidelines


Available services

Skilled Nursing
Registered nurses:
~provide direct skilled care
~develop the plan of care
~coordinate with other caregivers

Other skilled nursing services offered include:  wound care, IV therapy, injections, chronic disease management, patient and family teaching, and 24 hour on call availability.

Home Care Aide services
~Provide personal care services:
~Bathing
~Grooming
~Dressing

Homemaker services
~Perform light housekeeping
~Meal preparation
~Laundry
~Assist with budgeting and organization

Therapy Services (Physical, Occupational, Speech)
~Perform therapy tasks ordered by your physician


Who Pays for Home Care?

Care in the home may be paid for through a variety of resources.  The most common are:

• Patient/Private Pay
Home care services can be personally paid.  The scope of services and the charges are negotiated between the patient/family and the agency.  For those whose resources do not cover home care, Washington County Public Health & Home Care offers a sliding-scale fee schedule so that a family need only pay what it can afford.

Financial Data Form (to print blank form and mail)

Private Health Insurance
Policy coverage varies.  Generally private insurance coverage is limited to physician-directed medical services and equipment.  The patient and family should check with their insurance agent to determine coverage specifics.

• Medicare
Patients must meet the requirements set by Medicare such as being homebound and requiring intermittent, skilled care.  Medicare covers a wide range of services.

• Medicaid/Title 19
The State of Iowa now has a system of privatized Medicaid provided by United HealthCare Community Plan and Amerigroup.  This system provides services very similar to Medicare for lower income brackets.

• Worker’s Compensation
Any person needing services as a result of an injury at work may be eligible and should contact their Workman’s Compensation representative. 

If you do no find your pay source on this list, please call our office at 319-653-7758 or 800-655-7758 and we will be happy to discuss payment options with you.