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WRITER: KATE THAYER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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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 <home-safe@uiowa.edu>.)

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 home-safe@uiowa.edu to schedule a free consultation.