Services- Questions & Answers
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Day Services | Alzheimer's Disease | Centenarians (Persons 100 & older) | Dental Care |
Home Repairs | Housing
Options | Long Term Care Funding | Money Management | Nursing
Facilities | Nursing Facility Complaints
are adult day services?
day services are community-based group programs designed to meet
the needs of functionally and/or cognitively impaired adults through
an individual plan of care. A starting point for those interested
in learning about adult day services is the National Adult Day Services
Association (NADSA) website, located at http://www.nadsa.org/.
Disease and Related Disorders
can I find information and help in IDAling with Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's Association, a national network of chapters, is the
largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding
a cure for Alzheimer's and helping those affected by the disease.
The Alzheimer's association offers advocacy, community outreach,
and research funding. The American Alzheimer's Association website
is located at: http://www.alz.org.
In addition to the chapter offices listed below, there are sub-offices
in many other Iowa cities.
1730 28th Street
Des Moines, IA 50266
24-Hour Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
Executive Director: Carol Sipfle
Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Calhoun, Cass, Cerro
Gordo, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware,
Des Moines, Dubuque, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton,
Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Humboldt, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson,
Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion,
Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, Page, Pocahontas,
Polk, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Story, Taylor, Union, Wapello,
Warren, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright counties
in Iowa and Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Rock Island,
and Whiteside counties in Illinois.
502 11th Street
Sioux City, IA 51105
24-Hour Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
Director: Mary Jo Sikkema
Buena Vista, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson,
Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth,
Sac, Sioux, and Woodbury counties in Iowa; Dakota, Dixon,
and Thurston counties in Nebraska and southern Union County
in South Dakota.
Central Iowa Chapter
1570 42nd St. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
24-Hour Help Line: 1-800-272-3900
Director: Kelly Hauer
Black Hawk, Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw,
Clayton, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Iowa, Linn, Johnson, Jones,
Tama, Washington, and Winneshiek counties.
7101 Newport Avenue, Suite 305
Omaha, NE 68152
24-Hour Helpline: 1-800-309-2112
Director: Connie Kudlacek
Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Pottawattamie,
and Shelby counties in Iowa, and 10 others in eastern Nebraska.
(Persons 100 years of age and older)
I have a relative that will be celebrating their 100th birthday
this year. What does Iowa do to recognize people 100 years of
How many people in Iowa are 100 years or older?
The Iowa Department on Aging works to recognize Iowa centenarians,
and maintains a registry of all known Iowa centenarians. Further
information on these efforts, and on centenarians in Iowa, is
available on the Centenarians
Section on our Aging Statistics Page.
How can I get financial assistance with the cost of dental care?
A: In Iowa, the University of Iowa Dental Clinics offer reduced-fee
dental care if services are provided by the undergraduate students.
The quality of work is excellent, but extra time and additional
appointments are required due to the careful supervision and training
aspects of the work. For more information about this service,
please contact the University of Iowa Dental Clinic at 319-335-7499.
aged 60 and older can contact their local Area
Agency on Aging. Sometimes the area agency on aging is aware
of dentists in the local area that provide reduced-cost dental
care toolder people.
Repairs & In-Home Services
I want to stay in my own home, but I need major home repairs that
I cannot afford. What do I do?
You can obtain information on home repairs from your local
Area Agency on Aging. Another
possible source of information is the United States Department
of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) website, which has an
excellent page on Senior
Citizen Housing Resources.
the Division of Community Action Agencies of the Department of
Human Rights may have funds available to pay for home repairs.
To learn more about this, call or write to the following:
of Community Action Agencies
Department of Human Rights
Lucas Building, First Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
can I stay in my own home after an illness or hospitalization?
After a major illness, it may be difficult for you or your family
to arrange for the necessary services. The Iowa Department on Aging, working with the area agencies on aging, developed a
program called the Case Management Program for the Frail Elderly
(CMPFE) which helps people remain in their home. This program
can help with: home delivered meals, adult day services, nursing
and homemaker services, companion and respite care, consultations
about problems, modifying the home for disability, housing, and
finding other resources. For more information, visit the Case
Management Program for the Frail Elderly page.
+ Services Options for Seniors
What is assisted living?
In Iowa, assisted living is the provision of housing with services
that may include, but are not limited to, health related care,
personal care, and assistance with dressing, eating, bathing,
taking medications, cooking and shopping. For more information,
visit our Assisted Living regulation
What are elder group homes?
The Elder Group Home Program allows the owner or a resident manager
to provide room, board and assistance with dressing, eating, bathing,
taking medications, cooking and shopping to five non-related elders
in a family-type residence. There are Elder Group Homes located
in Davenport, Dubuque, Knoxville, Lamoni, Orange City, Osceola,
and Rock Rapids. For more information, visit our Elder
Group Home section.
Long Term Care Funding
Q: What funding sources are available to provide in home services for the elderly?
A: The Long Term Care Funding Continua provides information about funding sources that are available to provide in home services for the elderly.
What can I do if I need help paying bills and managing my money?
Contact your local Area Agency on
What is a representative payee and how can I get a representative
payee to assist me with my basic needs?
A representative payee is an individual or organization that receives
Social Security and/or SSI payments for someone who cannot manage
their own money. To arrange for a representative payee, contact
your local Area Agency on Aging.
Q: If I have to go to a nursing home, how do I choose the right one?
Selecting a nursing home is an important and difficult decision
that you may have to make. The Iowa Department of Inspections
& Appeals, which regulates nursing facilities in Iowa, maintains
Report Card site, which provides updated results of inspections,
including any problems that may have been found in a facility
in recent annual surveys or complaint investigations. Also included
in this database are a wide range of different types of facilities,
including Residential Care Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities,
and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
nursing home comparison materials can be found by visiting our
Housing Resources for
Seniors section on our Related Links page.
Q: How do I report a nursing home complaint?
Call the Long Term Care Complaint Hot-Line at 1-800-532-3213 (in
state only) or (515) 725-3333 or e-mail IDAcontact@iowa.gov
All calls or contacts are confidential. The Office of the State
Long Term Care Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints
made on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities, represents
the interests of residents before governmental entities, and educates
the public about issues that adversely affect residents.
can also be directed to the Iowa Department of Inspections and
Appeals (DIA) toll-free at 877-686-0027. Surveyors from DIA will
conduct an on-site visit to determine if the facility meets state
and federal regulations. If you are unsure which agency would
be best suited to handle your concern, the Long Term Care Ombudsman's
Office is available to help you understand your options.
more information on long-term care complaints and resident rights,
make sure to visit the Long-Term
Care Ombudsman's page.