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This group is no longer meeting. Call the Chapter for updates.
When: 4th Friday of month
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Iowa LutheranHospital
Conference room A or 1
700 East University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
Contact: Karen Brown
Participants: Anyone that is interested! Will sometimes have guest speakers,
or training video, and group discussions.
Area Served: Iowa City Area
When: 4th Sunday of month
Where: Adult Outpatient Clinic Room 1911,
John Pappajohn Pavilion
University of Iowa
Contact: Anne Lesserman, MSW, LISW
When: 4th Monday of mo.
Time: 7:00 pm
Johns' Catholic Church
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, 52242
For Below Services & Info
Contact: Anne Lesserman, MSW, LISW
Telephone: (319) 353-4307
Phone: 1-800-777-8442 x34307
Services: Referrals and resources
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Clinic Hours: 2nd Tuesday of month
Phone: (319) 353-4307
Fax: (319) 353-3003
Once a month, neurologist Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D., will answer your questions related to Huntingtons
disease. Please e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The team approach used at the UIHC inte-grates a full
range of HD services. A routine visit allows our professionals to assess the three primary areas affected by HD. A motor assessment, completed by a neurologist, will evaluate
movement (chorea), posturing, rigidity, and balance. A psychologist will
evaluate functional and behavioral aspects as well as current mood and level of functioning
in day-to-day activities. A cognitive assess-ment is then done to determine strengths and weakness
in thinking processes.
We also assess what services patients and
families may need (speech therapy, genetic counseling, etc.) and ensure that these
are conveniently provided. In addition to providing office visits and follow-up
are, the clinic serves as a resource for anyone needing HD information
Hours: MWF: 9am-6pm
counseling, work with HD and youth groups
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
training on HD care is offered on an as needed basis
HD Center of Excellence Personnel:
Neuropsychologist and Co-Director
Genetic Testing Facilities
University of Iowa
Genetic Consultation Service
200 Hawkins Drive-2604 JCP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
Catherine Evers, RN, MA,
Genetic Nurse Consultant
Cathy Evers, RN
Janet Williams, PhD
Muilenburg, BSN, MA
HD Experienced Need your input
Iowa City, IA 52242
General Neurology -These clinics offer evaluation, consultation, and treatment
for patients with neurological disorders.
Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Grinnell, IA 50112
2nd, 4th Tuesday, Every Thursday
Physician: Edward Aul
Knoxville Area Community Hospital
1002 S. Lincoln St.
Knoxville, IA 50138
Schedule: Tuesday (varies)
Meadow Lawn Nursing Center
4656 W. Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA 52806
State LTC Ombudsman
Iowa Department of Elder Affairs
200 10th Street, 3rd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50309-3609
Sometimes applicable to disabled adults.
Senior Living Program- Funded by the Senior Living Trust, the goal of this program improve upon the current system of
-Assistance in locating local services to help you care for your loved one
Medicaid HCBS Brain Injury Waiver [in MS Word format]- provides service funding and individualized
supports to maintain eligible consumers in their own homes or communities who would otherwise require care in a medical institution.
Provision of these services must be cost effective. Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each consumer.
The following services are available:
Adult Day Care
Consumer Directed Attendant Care
Family Counseling and Training
Home and Vehicle Modifications
Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment
Emergency Response System
Specialized Medical Equipment
Supported Community Living
Substitute Decision Making Task Force-
DEA formed the Substitute Decsion Makers Task Force in response
to the concerns of health care and human services providers, attorneys, advocates, and educators about the absence or inadequacy
in Iowa of decision-making mechanisms. For more information contact Nicki Stajcar at 515-242-3320 Nicki.Stajcar@iowa.gov
Even if you cannot pay for dental care there are ways in which
to receive help. Contact the American Dental Association (ADA) (1-800-621-8099) to learn about dentists who assist individuals
on fixed incomes by offering their services at reduced fees.
Client Assistance Program 1-800-652-4298 -
designed to help people who are seeking or receiving services from an agency funded by the Rehabilitation Act. Information
is provided on all available services under the Act and under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act to any individual
with disabilities in Iowa.
Independent Living Links
Division of Persons with Disabilities
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
There are non-federal dollars available from local fuel funds, which
frequently are contributed by your neighbors when they pay their utility bill. Ask the state energy assistance office for
the local phone number of the fuel fund nearest your residence.
Medicaid - 515-281-8621
Basic Program Information
Health Care Access
515 242-6383 or 800 308-5986
WebsiteServices: The Bureau of Health Care Access advocates for quality health care delivery
systems for all Iowans and provides information, referrals, education, grant opportunities, technical assistance, and planning
for Iowa communities.
Supplemental Security Income 1-
Services: The Unit of Health Support is primarily responsible for establishing eligibility
policy and procedures for various medical coverage groups within the Division of Financial, Health and Work Supports. The
policy and procedures are conveyed to local Department of Human Services (DHS) staff through policy manuals, interpretations,
Medical assistance is available to low income individuals who meet applicable program requirements.
Medical assistance is available to most people who qualify for Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) for the aged, blind, or disabled and those who meet SSI requirements except for excess income or resources.
Consumer Guide for Getting and Keeping Health Insurance.
The Guide summarize your protections, and so may not answer all of your questions. It is not a substitute for legal, accounting,
or other professional advice
Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning also administers federal and state grant programs to fund local and state projects
to provide services to juvenile offenders and otherwise improve Iowa's juvenile justice system.
The Iowa Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service. The service can supply you
the name or names of lawyers who are willing to consult and advise you at a discounted rate of no more than $25 for the first
30 minutes. If further legal services on your behalf are necessary, you may arrange for them at that time, if you wish. The
service is available on-line at the Iowa
Bar Association Lawyer Referral page
current system of long-term care
-Senior Health Insurance Information Program
Slow to load! Call DMV for a copy!
Iowa Veteran Affairs (515) 242-5659
Services: We are an office of advocacy for veterans
Miscellaneous State Support
Patient Advocacy Foundation State Locator
Ensuring equal access to health care to all Americans. Find out what
is available in your community. Information available on (to mention only a few from the entire list): Children,
Children's Health Insurance Programs, Community Referral, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Food Stamps, Health Care,
Insurance, Legal, Medication/Drug Assistance and Special Needs
There are non-federal dollars available from local fuel funds, which frequently are
contributed by your neighbors when they pay their utility bill. Ask the state energy assistance office for the local phone
number of the fuel fund nearest your residence.
A directory of official state, county and goverment websites
Select from the list of State Benefit Program Contributors to read more about each State's benefits. To
determine if you may be eligible to receive benefits you must select from the list of State Benefit Program Contributors and
then click "am I eligible?" to begin the questionnaire.
State Resources-information or links related to Assistive Technologies, Disability Resources, Domestic Violence
Legal Information, Family Legal Guides, Family Services, Guardianship Programs, Health & Human Services Quick Locators,
Legal Assistance, Legal Forms - State & Federal, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver Programs,
Social Security Offices, Summer Camp Programs, United Way~Local Support and more.
United Way-Search By Zip Code will provide you with information on the United Way in your area. If they have a website,
they usually have a section called "How Do I Get Help?" Click on it and look for their "Quick Guide"
(To Human Services) for help in your area. You can print it out. Most guides are in PDF format and are a great
resources to put on your refrigerator!
of Daily Living
Activities of daily living are a commonly used term in the health
care and professional caregiving world to describe a person's ability to care for him or herself. In a progressive disease,
such as Huntington's, measuring your loved one's Daily Living capabilities on a frequent basis (quarterly, semi-annually or
annually) can provide you and their primary care physician the ability to evaluate the severity of the changes and develop
a plan of care that allows for meeting both the physical and psycho-social needs of the care recipient.
Information covered on this link is resources which might help HD
families apply for Government and State disability benefits; how to estimate your benefits; makes appeals; how your physician
can assist you; and links to information for professionals such as HDSA Chapter Social Workers as well as other resources.
The information is designed to provide general advice only.
Communication/Speech in Huntington's Disease.
Currently have descriptions of several things causing problems in HD such as Aphasia, Apraxia, Miscommunication, Cognitive
Issues, plus many more. More to be added when time is available.
prescription drug insurance? Find information on prescription drug plans and plans. Look up any medication prescribed,
check on Alternative medicines, and learn about safety issues. Learn about the "sliding scale" if you don't have insurance.
See the "New Drug Checklist-Q&A's", "Keeping Track of Side Effects" Over-The-Counter stuff and more. Also excellent links
to Rx Programs, Benefit Check Up, Medicare, and discount pharmaceutical drug discount programs. Information contained on the
individual pages of this site is provided for your reference and convenience only.
Avoiding Probate, Conservator~Guardianship, Estate Planning, Living & Other Trusts, Wills & Beneficiaries,
Employment Issues, Financial Aids. Divorce Issues, Legal, Emergency Planning and more.
What Is A Feeding Tube? When To Consider One. Feeding Tube Decision
in HD, Tube Feeding in Advanced Stages of HD,Using Baby Foods, Oral & Dental Care, Jean Miller Articles & Checklist
and a ton of resources including charts to help in care.
This website provides helpful forms to families living with Huntington's
Disease to help organize their daily caregiving needs. It contains DOZENS of forms you can use everyday, most of them are
in Word format for easy printing and sharing!
HD Medical DefinitionsAn accumulation of definitions I found which are sometimes used to
describe symptoms of/or tests for HD or discuss other diseases or condition which have symptoms similar to Huntington's Disease.
The list is very long, but interesting!
It is extremely important that you are familiar with all the possible
symptoms, which might be affecting the quality of life for the person with HD. The symptoms appearing in this section can
either be related to Juvenile Huntington's Disease, Huntington's Disease in adults, some other condition, or be caused by
a side affect to medication(s). This site is still being updated and developed.
There is no way to cover all of the issues one might possible need
to consider when selecting insurance coverage. Provides information on Free Care, General Information, Children, Claims &
Insurance Rates, Life Insurance, Long Term Care, Medicaid/Medicare and Pre-Existing Conditions and more. If you would like
more information on a particular subject, use one of the Search Engines to help you find it.
Information here is either directly about Juvenile Huntington's Disease,
or other information, which will hopefully be helpful to families who have a child with JHD or are concerned about their child
having JHD. Information from the old JHD site, which I can no longer access to make changes, is being moved here as time permits.
When this is completed, this site will be deleted.
Caregiving articles written by Jean Miller, Betty Ann McDorman, Louise
Wilkinson and others plus links to other articles.
There are quite a few articles that describe
the various "stages" of HD. This site provides a Compilation of The [all] Stages Of HD. There are some resources available
at the end of "stage" plus each one is in Word format for printing or sharing.
This section deals specifically with Swallowing problems associated
with HD. It covers the description of problems in swallowing, therapies and products, questions to ask/FAQS, articles written
specifically for HD, Safety & Warning Signs, brochures, special diets, the 5 levels of food consistency, testing procedures
used to determine swallowing capacity, and more. Many items are available in Word for printing or sharing. Additional information
and tips will be added as time permits.