Ontario is renewing its support for the province’s successful community paramedicine program in the Cochrane, Manitoulin-Sudbury and Algoma districts. The program helps seniors and people living with chronic health conditions receive non-emergency care from a paramedic, often in their own home.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Elliot Lake this morning to make the announcement and speak with local paramedics and stakeholders about this community-based health care program.
To date, the program has helped 8,252 people in four rural communities in the Cochrane, Manitoulin-Sudbury and Algoma districts receive care from paramedics who go beyond their usual emergency response role. The health care services include:
Check-in calls to frequent users of 911 to see how the person is doing and determine if there is a proactive way the paramedic can help, such as referring the person to appropriate health care services
Home visits for seniors or others who may be at risk of losing their independence at home, to offer companionship, care and referrals
Routine health services, such as blood pressure checks and blood glucose checks, for people who may not have otherwise easily accessed these services
Education by paramedics to help people learn about healthy living and chronic disease prevention.
The community paramedicine program helps people access care closer to home. Data also shows that the program has helped to reduce 911 calls and ambulance transports.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.