Whether you are learning to manage a chronic disease, transitioning home from the hospital, or rehabilitating after an injury or surgery, UnityPoint at Home can provide the care you need to help restore your health, well-being, and independence in the place you call home.

Our qualified team of experienced professionals works closely with your physicians and other healthcare providers to create a personalized plan of care that addresses your specific needs and goals. Our comprehensive services include nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, personal care and home support, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, palliative care, hospice and home medical equipment services. Home care can be provided for:

  • Individuals of any age, from infants to the elderly, who require short- or long-term care
  • Those who suffer from chronic illnesses, including heart failure, diabetes or respiratory disease
  • Someone transitioning home after a hospital stay
  • A patient in need of physical therapy following a joint replacement
  • Adults or children with physical or cognitive disabilities
  • Aging adults who require help with daily living tasks or personal care
  • Terminally-ill patients
  • And others

UnityPoint at Home

When it comes to your health, you want to know that you are receiving the best care and services that are available. With UnityPoint at Home, that is exactly what you will find. Our qualified team of experienced home health care professionals work closely with physicians and other health care providers to design and implement a personalized plan of care that addresses the specific needs and goals of every individual in order to achieve the best outcome for every patient, every time.

Whether a patient is learning to manage a chronic disease, transitioning home from the hospital, or rehabilitating after an injury or surgery, UnityPoint at Home allows patients to continue the level of care necessary to help restore health, well-being and independence all from the comfort of home. 

UnityPoint at Home serves patients and communities in Iowa and Illinois. Comprehensive services include: 

  • Adult & Senior Home Care
  • Pediatric Home Care
  • Nursing Care 
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Home Medical Equipment Services

The focus of our UnityPoint at Home team is for the patients to achieve health and independence whether it is through short-term or long-term care. We listen to the goals of the patients and respect their choices. The UnityPoint at Home team has a reputation for commitment and integrity. Your health is our priority, and we will work with you on your road to recovery and assist you in every way possible to provide the best level of health and well-being.

UnityPoint at Home Team

Our home care team includes several health care professionals who work closely with you, your family and your doctor to coordinate your care and manage your health.

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Pharmacists

Meet our UnityPoint at Home leadership team

Care Choices at Home


There are 9 eligibility requirements to meet enrollment. A few of the key requirements include:

  • Has terminal diagnosis of advanced cancer, COPD or congestive heart failure
  • Meets hospice eligibility of six months or less prognosis
  • Primary provider signs and dates enrollment and referring provider attestation
  • Lives at home at time of admission
  • Enrolled in Medicare A and B
  • Has had at least one hospital encounter in the last year
  • Has had at least three office visits in the last year related to the qualifying diagnosis

At UnityPoint at Home, we want you to have the best life possible as you live with a serious illness. Please talk with your doctor if you or your loved one is interested in Care Choices at Home.

Medicare Patients
Living as well as possible is hard with a serious illness. That is why UnityPoint at Home in Des Moines, Fort Dodge and Waterloo offer the Care Choices at Home model. Care Choices at Home is provided through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and provides the right care at the right time, meeting the patient and family where they are in their journey with terminal illness, while still providing curative services.

Care Choices at Home is not hospice. The model provides the opportunity for patients to receive help with living as well and as long as possible, without having to give up treatment for their advanced cancer, COPD or congestive heart disease. Care Choices at Home is provided in the home at no cost to the patient and family.
Home health care services are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance companies, including workers comp, if guidelines are met. Generally, insurance covers most, if not all costs.

The staff of UnityPoint at Home processes all claims and provides direct billing with your insurance company.
Referral Process

The referral process begins with the provider having a conversation with a patient who is dealing with a specific end-stage terminal illness but would like to continue curative treatment. The three diagnoses include:

  • COPD
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Advanced cancer

If a patient is interested in enrollment or additional information, the provider can call to speak with a UnityPoint at Home RN Care Coordinator to determine patient eligibility.

  • Des Moines: (515) 557-3100
  • Fort Dodge: (515) 574-6416
  • Waterloo: (319) 235-5027
Services and Care

Care Choices at Home provides:

  • Conversations that identify patients' goals
  • An individualized plan of care for every patient
  • Help with pain, trouble breathing and other symptoms
  • Education about the disease and answers to patients' questions
  • Partnership with all the patient's care providers
  • A team of nurses, social and spiritual counselors, aides and volunteers
  • 24/7/365 access to the Care Choices at Home team
  • Extra support for patients and their loved ones, so they can focus on feeling better

In addition, Care Choices at Home coordinates Medicare A, B and D benefits and services that may include:

  • Physician visits
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Acute hospitalization
  • Medications
  • Physician, occupational and speech therapy
  • Curative care treatments like chemo, radiation or transfusions

Nationally Ranked Service Quality

UnityPoint Home Care is one of the region's largest integrated home health services provider and has also been ranked nationally for the quality of our service. Comprehensive services* include:

  • Nursing Care
  • Personal Care and Home Support
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Home Medical Equipment Services
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems

UnityPoint at Home Service Area 

Home care is the fastest growing segment of health care in the country. The number of patients receiving home care services has nearly quadrupled since 1980. UnityPoint at Home provides services in the tri-state area.

Iowa - Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, Delaware and Clayton

Illinois - Jo Daviess

Wisconsin - Grant, Lafayette and Iowa

Most individuals served reside in a 45 mile radius of the home office.