For All of Life's Health Transitions

Care Initiatives is committed to providing quality transitional health care and serving Iowans with compassion, dignity and respect. Our services help care for Iowans in their time of need through rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care.

Our Mission

Improving quality of life for Iowans and their families during life's health transitions through compassionate individualized care.

Our Core Values

  • Commitment to continuously improve quality in everything we do.
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity, respect and dignity in all interactions.
  • Compassionately serve others and their needs as defined by them.
  • Cultivate a culture of skill development and personal growth among all staff.
  • Recognize the power of teamwork to make effective, efficient and transparent decisions.
  • Commit to consistency and excellence in all processes.

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Family Stories

We are grateful when family and residents feel compelled to share their great care experiences. Click on “Family Stories” to read more.

The building was kept very clean, safe and welcoming. The food was better than I had expected. The staff I cannot say enough nice things about. Both nurses and CNAs were excellent caretakers. 


NorthCrest Specialty Care

We were very happy with the care Dubuque Specialty Care gave to our son, Josh, while he went through skilled nursing after being hospitalized. Their staff are very thoughtful and caring and we truly appreciate everything they did for our son during his rehabilitation. Thanks again :

Rhonda M.

Dubuque Specialty Care

Last fall I was in a bad car wreck that resulted in an external fixator on my leg and left me in a wheelchair. Ridgewood took me in and I’m very happy with the help and the treatment I have received. Everyone from the nursing department to housekeeping treated me very well. They got me strong enough to return home and I continued seeing them for outpatient therapy, now I am back to walking independently, only using a cane occasionally because I live in the boonies. I have no complaints at all about my stay at Ridgewood. Thank you.

Richard K.

Ridgewood Specialty Care

Thank you for maintaining such a shiny and tidy place for the residents to stay. You are truly dedicated to keeping it a great place to reside. I have thoroughly appreciated your hard work.

Betty M.

Valley View Specialty Care

We are grateful for the compassionate and loving care that you were able to provide our mother. Your entire staff displayed daily acts of kindness and compassion that did not go unnoticed. 

Family of Valerie K.

NorthCrest Specialty Care

Wonderful caring staff! Home like feel and warm environment.

Karen T.

Parkridge Specialty Care

My stay at NorthCrest has been very satisfying. The staff has been very accommodating and friendly. They didn’t make you feel like you were a burden and were most helpful. Every part of the facility was always clean and there was staff around no matter where you were. Everyone made me feel right at home. God bless you all!

Barb W.

NorthCrest Specialty Care

I spent 3 weeks at NorthCrest in Jan 2018 recovering from major surgery. The following are my impressions of the facility. Physical building-the building was kept very clean, safe, and welcoming. The housekeeping staff seemed to be very thorough. The rooms are not large but were adequate for my needs. Food-the food was better than I expected in a nursing home environment. Staff-I cannot say enough nice things about the staff. Both nurses and CNA’s were excellent caretakers. Since returning home I have sung your praises everywhere!

James R.

NorthCrest Specialty Care