Larimer County Senior Outreach
In the Spring of 2012, FOA brought together representatives from thirty agencies concerned about the lack of accessible care management for low income and isolated seniors in Larimer County. A steering committee was formed to research the status of local care management services and to explore options for filling in identified gaps.
To date the committee has accomplished the following:
- Developed a statement of mission and goals
- Conducted a county-wide survey of all agencies that provide some level of care management services to determine what is available and who is eligible.
- Developed a model for referral and assessment of the need for care management among community seniors.
- Facilitated implementation of a sliding scale service to provide low cost services to needy seniors. This low cost service is provided through Lutheran Family Services' Older Adult and Caregiver program.
- Hosted a Care Manager Forum in February 2015 to bring together community care managers to explore strategies for improving access to services that will assist all seniors to remain healthy, independent and engaged in the community.
- As an outcome of the Forum, care managers committed to working in teams to develop ways to better educate health care providers and the community about the value, accessibility, affordability and long-term cost effectiveness of good care consultation before a crisis occurs. Those teams met in March 2015 and the entire group is planning to reconvene in May 2015 to share ideas and plans.