As the senior population continues to grow, it is crucial that local care communities embrace the opportunity to enhance coordination of services and access to social services. Seniors represent a significant proportion of total healthcare utilization and spending and should be considered a key population in healthcare transformation and population health efforts. Emerging partnerships with EMS agencies represent an opportunity to partner and coordinate to address the needs of our older adult neighbors.
In June 2017, as a result of SHIP’s partnership with EMS, the group developed a one-page resource guide that has been sent out with all EMS crew members. It includes local resources based on reports from Canyon County Paramedics (CCP) regarding non-transport patient needs such as:
- Medicare benefits
- Primary care
When EMS responds to a call in which there appears to be an additional social or support need in addition to or instead of urgent medical care, the relevant resource information will be highlighted and given to the patient. The pilot EMS agency, CCP, will utilize Community Health EMS (CHEMS) staff time to follow-up with patients who have been identified as having a resource need.
To view the Resource Guide, click here.
To view the Senior Workgroup Project plan, click here.
2018 Senior Workgroup Agendas and Minutes
For a list of Idaho Resources on Living and Aging, click here.