Commissioners Corner: Ben Malik
A recent economic study indicated that Cocoa Beach’s median age was 58, aging is part of life and it is imperative we strive to have the highest quality of life as we all age. My father is 91 years (young) and lives independently at home with my mother in Lakeland (my sister and her family) live down the street to assist them with various errands and doctor visits. People are desirous to live in their own homes as they age as it provides the comfort of a familiar place. In light of this fact and looking at other communities plans for taking care of our elder residents, City Staff will be tasked by an agenda item at our next Commission meeting to research the implementation and associated costs to initiate a Community Health Paramedic Program employed by the Cocoa Beach Fire Department. In speaking with Satellite Beach Fire Chief Don Hughes, he provided me with a complete overview of the very successful Community Paramedic program in Satellite Beach and how it has been working to keep the community healthy. The program offers in-home health evaluation for older citizens who have chronic health conditions.
Community Health Paramedics will schedule appointments to visit citizens in their homes (at no charge to residents) as needed to conduct physical exams and checkups.
Program Goal (Aim)
Enhance the overall patient health care experience, including quality outcomes and customer satisfaction
Improve the overall health of our population
Reduce overall healthcare cost
In-Home Paramedic exam on a weekly visit
Vitals including weight
Medication review and compliance
Link with Primary Care Provider(s) to provide first hand observations about your health status and potential needs
In-home monitoring is available with new technology via a company that
Satellite Beach used called Ihealth labs. The residents of Satellite Beach
raised over $5,000 to purchase the equipment used by the program.
Community Paramedic clients are provided with a wireless blood pressure monitor for daily use to record their blood pressure and pulse rate. These recordings will be uploaded through the internet to a secure website that will allow the Community Paramedic to review in between their scheduled visits. (See link for more information: http://media.wix.com/ugd/5a63e0_20cc6f11941c42d49187a30ef25c0b92.pdf).
The residents of Satellite Beach raised over $5,000 to purchase the equipment used by the program and I am confident the residents of Cocoa Beach and various service organizations such as Kiwanis/Rotary/Elks/Women’s Club, etc. can assist in raising funds needed to secure the equipment.
Not only is this a social benefit for our aging residents, it is fiscally prudent to do so!
Thank you for your support and allowing me to serve as your Commissioner, please feel free to contact me with any suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or my cell at 321-794-6668.