CARE LINKS is a program where trained staff can work with you to connect you to resources and services you may need to improve your daily living. For example, we would help connect you to:
- Medical and/or behavioral care, including preventative services
- Social and other supports to gain and maintain an independent lifestyle
- Food, clothing, housing or other basic needs
- Educational or vocational services
What will CARE LINKS do for me?
- CARE LINKS staff will meet with you to listen to the needs you and your family have
- We will work together to find the services you may need
- CARE LINKS staff will assist you to make those contacts and follow up with you to see if you were able to get the help you needed
- We can also aid in communicating with other service providers
- If needed, we will provide an automatic blood pressure cuff with training and education
This program is also known as “Care for Yourself”, part of a national program to help eligible women in Iowa receive mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and HPV screenings at no cost. These services are provided by qualified local physicians, nurses and other health care providers.
To be eligible for the Care for Yourself program you must:
- Be 50 – 64 years old*
- Not be enrolled in Medicare Part B
- Have limited financial resources
*Some services may be available for women under 50 or over 64 years of age
This workshop series is taught by trained leaders and meets weekly for 6 weeks. It is designed to teach adults to become effective self-managers of their chronic health conditions. The workshops will:
- Introduce techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and depression.
- Help participants improve and maintain strength and flexibility, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand ways to manage medication side effects and regimens, learn relaxation techniques, and how to handle difficult emotions.
- Teach participants to become more confident about communicating effectively with family and health care providers.
- Assist participants in the development of action plans and goal setting.
Provides information and support to pregnant women to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. A nurse will help program participants to:
- Find a physician
- Get health insurance or find other financial resources
- Enroll in prenatal education classes
- Learn basic nutrition needs during pregnancy and after the baby is born
- Arrange a dental screening assessment, fluoride varnish, education and referral for dental care
- Arrange preventative dental services for pregnant women who are underserved
- Arrange a postpartum home visit