Ontario is continuing to improve access to care for seniors and patients with chronic conditions in the County of Frontenac through the Identifying and Filling the Gaps Together Community Paramedicine Program.
The province is investing $4 million to continue 23 Community Paramedicine pilot programs across the province for an additional year. These initiatives support partnerships between participating paramedics and teams of health care professionals to provide more care to patients in the community, including:
These Community Paramedicine programs can help seniors and other patients live independently at home longer and reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
Investing in care at home and in the community is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“These Community Paramedicine programs improve access for people with chronic health conditions helping them live independently at home, where we know they want to be. This initiative is about ensuring those with higher needs are able to receive care in the home and in the community from a team of highly skilled health professionals, which can reduce hospital admissions and emergency room visits.”
- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The Wellness Clinics hosted by the Frontenac Paramedic Services are invaluable in supporting and promoting healthy living and injury prevention. Highly-trained professionals are on site to check vitals, respond to questions and offer advice or referrals. Individuals living in areas with limited access to health care providers benefit significantly from these Community Paramedicine programs.
– Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
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