Iowa Home Health Care Agencies
Cost of Iowa Home Care
According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average hourly home care rate in Iowa is $22.44.
The monthly base rate for Iowa home care is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Iowa is also more expensive compared to the national average.
This cost is the base cost for home maker services in Iowa. The rate for home health care services is typically higher. In Iowa, the average hourly rate is $23.00. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.
Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States
Iowa Home Care Services
According to the Iowa Department on Aging, clients of home health agencies have several basic rights that home health care employees must recognize at all times. These include the right to dignity and privacy, having medical records treated with confidentiality, and the right to refuse care.
Iowa Home Health Care Resources
The not for profit Waterloo Visiting Nurses Association may be a useful resource for home care information in Iowa and serves all who qualify, regardless of age or ability to pay. Home health care services are paid through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies. The Waterloo VNA staff will evaluate eligibility via phone or home visit. Clients must have a physician's referral and be classified as homebound or needing skilled care.
Waterloo Visiting Nursing Association
2530 University Avenue, Suite 3
Waterloo, IA 50701
Primary Phone: 319-235-6201
The Iowa Association in Home Care is a cooperative partnership of many Iowa home health care agencies that can help refer you to one of their member agencies as needed. To contact the home care and hospice agency that serves your town, visit their web site. They recommend asking these questions when interviewing an Iowa home health care agency:
- How long has this provider been serving the community?
- Does this provider supply literature explaining its services, eligibility
requirements, fees, and funding sources? Many providers furnish patients with
a detailed "Patient Bill of Rights" that outlines the rights and responsibilities
of the providers, patients, and caregivers alike. An annual report and other
educational materials also can provide helpful information about the provider.
- How does this provider select and train its employees? Does it protect its
workers with written personnel policies, benefits packages, and malpractice
- Are nurses or therapists required to evaluate the patient's home care needs?
If so, what does this entail? Do they consult the patient's physicians and
- Does this provider include the patient and his or her family members in developing the plan of care? Are they involved in making care plan changes?
Percentage of Home Care Agencies that Accept Medicare
It is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of home health care agencies in Iowa accept Medicare because there is no complete list of home health care agencies. According to our data, approximately 35% of Iowa home care agencies are certified by Medicare. We have found 311 Iowa certified Medicare home health care agencies and anoother 162 Iowa home care companies. Realize that while Medicare provides a great deal of data about certain agencies, those agencies are also likely to be the type with trained nursing staff and therapists. If that isn't the type of care you or your loved one needs, be sure to examine all home care agencies in your area. Learn more about home care and Medicare
Iowa Home Care Services
Of the home care agencies in Iowa that were surveyed by Medicare, the percentage of agencies that provide common services is listed below.
Nursing Care Services: 100.0%
Home Health Aid Services: 97.5%
Physical Therapy Services: 93.8%
Occupational Therapy Services: 89.5%
Speech Pathology Services: 81.5%
Medical Social Services: 41.4%
Iowa Agencies by City
West Des Moines
- What is Home Care?
- Home Health Care vs. Non-Medical Home Care
- Home Health Care Services
- Non-Medical Home Care Services
- How is Home Care Different from Other Care Options?
- When is Home Care Needed?
- Benefits of Home Care
- Talking to a Loved One
- Selecting a Home Care Agency
- Medicare Quality Data
- Hospice Care
- Home Care Safety
- Considering Home Care Staff
- Home Health Care Costs
- Ways to Pay for Home Care
- Medicare and Home Care
- Medicaid and Home Care
- Does Insurance Cover Home Care
- Using a Reverse Mortgage to Stay Home