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.
It's Home Care Month!
November is National Home Care Month! The theme this year is "Home is the Center of Health Care." There are millions of nurses, home care aides, and therapists who make a difference for the clients and families they serve. "No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society's weakest members live the fullest lives they can. By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals allow clients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love," says Val Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care. Our staff is simply the best!
Flu Shots...Get Your Flu Shots!
Influenza IS already in Iowa. So far, it's not in Winneshiek County but, 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.
Are You at Risk?
Are you at risk? For diabetes? Millions of Americans already are managing their diabetes...and millions more are at risk of developing diabetes. Reduce your intake of processed foods and foods with refined sugar (cakes, doughnuts, cookies, and bars) and switch to diet soda or just drink water to help reduce your risk. Get some exercise...just 30 minutes a day 5 days a week can help you lose weight and again, reduce your risk. Can't do all 30 minutes at once---great--take some quick laps around your building (it's colder out and you'll walk faster to get inside sooner!). Check out this link from the American Diabetes Association.
Winneshiek County Public Health will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. You may contact the on-call nurse at 563-419-1259. We thank you for your business and patronage this past year. Thanksgiving Blessings to you!
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.