“I never thought I would need triple-bypass surgery. And I never thought I would need home care services. But I did. After my heart surgery, a registered nurse from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health came to my house to help with my wound care. She also helped me figure out all of the new medications I had to take. This was all new to me and it was a little overwhelming. I felt so much better to have an experienced Public Health nurse take care of me in my home — where I wanted to be. With the caring help of a registered nurse with the Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health, I was back to my full-time job and my farming job in just a few weeks. Thank you, Public Health, for giving me the comfort of having excellent care in my own home!”
Farmer, full-time employee, father and grandfather
Mason City, IA
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“My name is Marsha, and I am so very grateful for all that our home health aide comes and does for Daryl. She gives him a shower three days a week, and now we have been approved for homemaker services. I’m so very grateful for having her come and help us. If you are ever in need of help, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is a great service. We’ve been blessed!”
Wife of Home Care Patient
Clear Lake, IA
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“My name is Daryl. I live in Clear Lake. Three years ago I had a rupture of a blood vessel in my brain, and it left me almost completely incapacitated. With the assistance of my wife, however, after six months I have learned to live at home. Then my wife got injured and we really were desperate. We’ve been so blessed because of the home health care aides that have come here, they’ve all been wonderful, friendly people, and able to help us in every way!”
Home Care Patient
Clear Lake, IA
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“My name is Dani Bachman and my grandfather is using Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health home care services. Home care comes twice a week to help my grandfather. This is a benefit he is able to utilize with his VA benefits. My grandfather had a stroke and a brain anyerism. It’s been very helpful for our family. This is the first time we have utilized this service. The lady that helps and comes twice a week, we get so excited to see her. She’s so friendly. She does a great job with my grandpa and we really appreciate the compassion that she has. She’s almost become like one of our family members. I can’t express my gratitude and appreciation for what they do for our family. I would absolutely recommend them to everybody!”
Granddaughter, part-time caretaker of grandfather
Clear Lake, IA
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“Hi! My name is Denise. My dad’s name is Paul and he is receiving services from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. They are so upbeat and positive, and they understand changing the wounds. The other services in town would watch me and that was really disheartening for me. It’s not like I can’t do the wound care, it’s just sometimes you need help.
Our home care aides come in three times per week and they have been wonderful. They are very positive and talkative with dad. I just know he’s really pleased with them and I’m pleased. I can depend on them for whatever.
Nursing care has been daily so far. Even on weekends, I was really surprised they will come in on the weekends, whereas the other place would not provide that. I would highly recommend the Department of Public Health home health care services. They are truly a lifeline for me. “
Daughter, caretaker of father
Mason City, IA
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My name is Josh Baker. I’m a family doctor and I practice at West Fork Family Medicine in Rockwell. Our practice routinely utilizes the nursing services and home care services with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. I think the nurses specifically are highly skilled. I appreciate how they communicate regularly with me as a provider. Patients have verbalized to me how much they enjoy working with the Health Department, particularly with the individual nurses they have on staff. Like I said before, it’s really nice when I see the patient in the office and I tell the patient what is going on with them, as opposed to them telling me what’s going on because the nurses have already informed me on certain clinical scenarios that have arisen.
Dr. Josh Baker,
Family Physician at West Fork Family Medicine
Home Care Aides
Our trained Home Care Aides are available to assist you with a variety of needs. They offer personal care services such as bathing, skin & hair care and foot care. Home Care Aides can also assist with budgeting, meal planning & preparation, grocery shopping, household chores such as vacuuming and dusting, laundry, making the beds and washing dishes. Home Care Aide services are funded by Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, private insurance, grants, Elderbridge Agency on Aging and the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors. At a minimum, our Home Care Aides must complete a 75-hour or certified nursing assistant course before they are hired. Then, they must continue with annual ongoing training.
Registered nurses from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health provide skilled home care for people who have an illness or have been in the hospital.
They keep your physician updated on your recovery, and perform skilled tasks such as drawing blood for lab tests, giving medicine by injection, caring for a wound, or teaching you and your family about your medications & treatments. Public health nurses help you return to your independent lifestyle, and are knowledgeable of resources in our community that will help you recover and stay well. They can also make referrals to several different agencies in the community.
To pay for home care services, Public Health will bill Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurance.
A public health nurse is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.