Supporting Aging in Place in Your Community
Responding to individual needs by connecting health care, social services, and long-term care through first responders at the "point of entry into the system."
A Local Response
A Firehouse Service Coordination Program is a local, replicable response to a national dilemma - CHANGING THE PARADIGM OF CARE.
A Firehouse Service Coordination Program is an innovative approach to insuring the well-being of older and disabled residents who wish to remain independent and living in their homes and community.
Access to Established Guidelines
Through this site you will learn about the implementation process and guidelines developed by a Firehouse Service Coordination Program that has been serving its community since 2009.
The Long Term Goal
By locating a Service Coordinator in the Fire Department/EMS agency, the health and social service needs of at-risk residents are addressed -- as a proactive response to the current emergency, with a long-term goal of avoiding future crises.
Why Establish A Fire House Service Coordination Program?
The health care system, social services network, and the long-term care system are often disconnected and fragmented. A Firehouse Service Coordination Program has been shown to “bridge the gap” by connecting community residents with appropriate supportive services to allow them to “age in place” in their community more successfully through a proactive response to prevent future emergency situations.
The resources offered here are intended to help you establish a similar program in your community. Please follow the navigation on the left to learn more about:
- The aging of our population
- History of two Ohio Firehouse Service Coordination programs
- The public/private partnerships that fostered the development of the Ohio programs
- Protocols for establishing a Firehouse Service Coordination Program
- Service coordination and emergency response research