WRITER: KATE THAYER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: March 16, 2001
(EDITORS: To speak with a client of HomeSafe, contact Barbara Kyles, nurse
manager of HomeSafe, by phone at (319) 335-7123, or by e-mail at <email@example.com>.)
UI elderly assistance program expands its services
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- HomeSafe, an assistance program for elders supported
by the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics department of nursing, will now offer its services statewide.
Barbara Kyles, nurse coordinator and manager of HomeSafe, said the program,
which was originally designed for the Iowa City area, will now provide home
visits to clients all over Iowa.
"We found that Iowa City residents had family members in other Iowa
communities that would benefit from the program," Kyles said.
In order to orient new nurses outside Iowa City to the HomeSafe program,
Kyles said they would hire alumni of the UI College of Nursing, retired UI
nurses and others with the proper experience.
HomeSafe is a nurse-managed health service plan for older adults living
at home, in senior housing or in residential care facilities. The program
began in August 2000 and is the first program funded by the University of
Iowa Nursing Enterprise, an initiative of the UI College of Nursing and the
UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing.
Each HomeSafe client is assigned a nurse manager, who makes routine visits
as well as phone consultations with the client and family members. The frequency
of the visits and phone calls depends on the level of service the client requests.
For an annual fee, a client can purchase one of four different levels of
the HomeSafe program. Services include assistance with medications, transportation,
or help obtaining community services.
"This program was set up not only to provide services to the elderly,
but to actually enhance their quality of life," Kyles said. "Often,
older adults lose contact with the community. This program helps look at the
activities they enjoy and offers assistance in continuing."
Those interested in the HomeSafe program and its services can visit the
program's Website at www.nursing.uiowa.edu/sites/homesafe,
or contact Barb Kyles at 319-335-7123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to schedule a free consultation.