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Release: April 12, 2002

Service provides comprehensive, personalized care for people in their homes

Home Life, a division of University of Iowa Community HomeCare, is helping to meet a growing demand from an aging population to remain living at home for as long as possible.

Residents of Johnson County and surrounding areas can receive comprehensive, personalized care for themselves or their loved ones for up to 24 hours a day through Home Life services. The services are available in a person's own home, a family member's home, a residential care facility or an assisted living facility.

"Our caregivers provide quality, personalized home health care for as little or long as

needed--a one-time visit or longer," said Karla Neuzil, a registered nurse and nurse manager for UI Community HomeCare, UI Health Care's affiliate home care company. "We serve people of all ages."

Home Life's services range from personal care such as bathing, transferring to and from bed and providing reminders to take medications, to skilled nursing care, including collecting laboratory specimens, managing pain and administering intravenous (IV) therapy. Caregivers will also stay in the home overnight, if necessary, and even provide homemaker services such as doing the laundry, shopping, preparing meals and performing light housekeeping.

A registered nurse directs the care of all clients. Home Life staff work closely with families, personal physicians and other community service providers to meet a person's specific needs.

"We carefully select high quality professionals who are trained to provide excellent service," added Neuzil. "The people we serve can feel secure that their health needs are being fulfilled, giving them the freedom to spend quality time with their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes."

Home Life services are designed to begin quickly. Caregivers establish their schedule a month in advance so that clients will know who to expect to come into their homes. Persons who wish to obtain further information may call (319) 337-9055. Staff members will answer all questions at no cost or obligation.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.