UnityPoint Health - AbbeHealth Services - Aging Services enhances the lives of older adults by providing services and resources to assist them in remaining independent.
Each year, approximately 3,000 older adults are matched with the resources needed to ensure their continued independence. The first step to continued independence for you or your caregiver may be speaking with a care coordinator at intake. The coordinators will match your needs with community resources, assess and coordinate options, and develop an individual care plan that will allow for ongoing support.
Additionally, a care coordinator may be able to assist with Elder Abuse Intervention. Older adults can be especially vulnerable to financial exploitation or self neglect. An elder abuse specialist can help intervene and find necessary supports and services.
These CARF accredited centers provide services for individuals age 18 and older who may require support, supervision, and structure away from home to remain independent. Our staff is committed to assisting participants experiencing Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, vision loss, depression, brain injuries, developmental disabilities, impairments resulting from stroke, and other conditions, achieve maximum levels of independence.
Learn more or view current program calendars for our adult day health centers.
The Respite Program is designed to alleviate some of the stress that a primary caregiver may experience. This is an in-home care option. A respite provider can provide temporary relief by completing minor tasks the caregiver would otherwise coordinate or provide on their own.
Some of these tasks may include meal prep, providing companionship, light housekeeping, personal care, and offering medication reminders.
Providers are screened in compliance with the State of Iowa's criminal records investigation check to ensure the safety of everyone. After the family's needs are assessed, they are matched with a compatible provider. Hourly rates and schedules are determined by the family and the provider. Financial assistance may be available for eligible families.
Home Repair Services
Small home repairs can help maintain and improve an individual's home function and safety.
These services are available to anyone who meets the eligibility guidelines.
Volunteers are able to help individuals remain in their homes by:
Scheduled transportation (medical appointments, grocery stores/food banks and other essential errands)
Home and phone visits to home-bound older adults
Holiday meal deliveries
Witwer Healthy Aging Program
Witwer provides active lifestyle programs that support and nurture the strengths of older adults enabling them to maximize their well-being. Programs are offered at multiple sites across Linn County and include Lifelong Learning Programs, health promotion and wellness education, and leisure and social activities. For additional information, call (319) 398-3644.
Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
The purpose of SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) is to provide free, unbiased counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D), Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), Medicare supplement plans and other supplemental insurance, billing and claims issues, Medicare fraud and abuse. Learn more.
Caregiver Support and Assessment
UnityPoint Health is dedicated to providing caregivers the support they need to take care of themselves as they are caring for someone they love. Learn more.