Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Service has been proudly serving the residents of Winneshiek County for over half a century with their public health and home health care needs. This agency is dedicated to maintaining the health of our community through communicable disease surveillance, safe water and sanitation issues and prevention of health problems. We are an official Home Health Agency, certified as a participating agency under the Health Insurance Benefits Program XVIII and XIX (Medicare and Medicaid).
Our staff provides health education programs (CPR, farm safety, prevention of HIV and AIDs, Child Passenger Seat Safety, lead poisoning, radon, etc), health promotion clinics (immunization, foot, blood pressure, etc.) and monitoring of current health issues in the community.
We also provide skilled nursing care at home for individuals needing treatments, diet and medication management, blood work, care management and health teaching. To help individuals stay in their homes, we have excellent care provided by Home Care Aides who assist with personal cares, exercises and light housekeeping.
Office visits are also available for health supervision and counseling, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, and lead screening.
Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Service is governed by the Winneshiek County Board of Health, which consists of 5 individuals who donate their time in service to the county. As a county agency, we are also under the wing of the local Board of Supervisors, one of whom serves on the Board of Health. The Board of Health determines agency policy, controls budget, and monitors health issues in the county.
Anyone in Winneshiek County, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status, is eligible for our services. Home health services are provided if the doctor and nurse believe care can adequately and safely be given in the home. Anyone can contact our agency and request service – physicians, nurses, social and health agencies, schools, families and individuals.
The agency accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance for payments. For those without a payment source, a sliding fee scale is adjusted to fit their income. No one is denied service because of finances.
There is pertussis or whooping cough in the community. There is also colds and influenza and so, sometimes it's hard to know if one has just a cold, or influenza or pertussis. Here's some helpful tips. PERTUSSIS: often times develops as a cold with a runny nose at first. A cough may start as just a "naggy" cough but, quickly progresses to a persistent deep cough that results in coughing "fits" and a person may cough to the point of vomiting or not being able to catch their breath. Many times the coughing fits develop at night but, some of the cases we've investigated has found people having significant coughing fits in the morning. These people should be tested for pertussis. The treatment for pertussis is antibiotics. The cough often times will last for several weeks. COLDS: start gradually and often a person has a stuffy or runny nose but, may have a sore throat and a hacky but productive cough that does NOT cause fits and usually responds to cough medicine. A cold can last 3-7 days. INFLUENZA: Develops very suddenly and includes a fever, chills, severe headache, exhaustion, body aches and a non-productive "dry" cough. If in doubt, please contact your healthcare provider as (s)he can help you determine if you should be tested for pertussis or influenza or if it is just a cold. Stay healthy!
The office will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. We will resume regular business hours on Friday, December 26 at 8AM. If you are in need of assistance over the holiday, please contact our on-call nurse at 563-419-1259. Thank you. MerryChristmas!
Flu Shots...Get Your Flu Shots!
Influenza IS already in Iowa. Now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven't already. This year's flu vaccine is nearly identical to the vaccine that was provided last year. Experts are inclined to believe that because influenza is already in the state, that there may be more cases of influenza. Who wants to be sick? Influenza symptoms include a fever, moderate body aches (even your hair hurts), headaches, sore throat, cough and runny nose. Still need your vaccine? Stop in Monday--Friday 8:30 Am to 4:00 Pm. Get protected today.
Happy Feet Clinics
Have you made your Foot Clinic appointment yet??
We now offer Foot Clinics each Tuesday afternoon from 1-3 and the first and third Thursdays from 9:30-11:30. Make your appointment today and keep your feet happy!!
Christmas is just around the corner...need a gift idea or two? How about purchasing a Happy Feet Clinic gift certificate? Or for the cook in your life, a cookbook filled with tasty treats from current and former staff, board members and even some from you, our clients.
Mission Statement: To promote, preserve, enhance and protect the health and well-being of all persons in the community... realizing that HEALTH CARE is the fundamental right of every human being without distinction because of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, social or financial status.