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Homebound During Storm

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Nancy Hart is going about her daily routine, checking in on homebound and elderly clients like Mildred Deal.

Hart noted, "people don't always talk to them, and another thing they lose is touch."

Deal depends on Hart's service to live independently.

"I have fallen so many times in the bathroom, in the shower..." she said.

And usually, Nancy depends on another volunteer to help make house calls in the area.  Thanks to this week's wether, she's the only one braving the roads.

"Well I'm pretty tough" Hart said, "and I usually go out no matter what. I have waded in snow up to my knees to get to homes!"

Other home aide workers at Butler County Public Health and Hawkeye Valley Agency on Aging are finding ways to take care of the patients they can't actually visit.  At both places, storm preparation started several months ago.  The agencies send out "shelf-ready" and frozen dinners, in case food delivery programs are canceled.  They also call their clients before, after, and during the storm to make sure they're doing alright.

Deal said, when you live in Iowa, you learn to prepare for the worst.  And she pointed out, staying in during a storm isn't so bad.

"Just glad I didn't have a car to take care of!" she joked.

Online Reporter: Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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