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Investing $4 Million in Community Paramedicine to Support Patients

Providing Care at Home and in Community for People with Chronic Conditions

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:

  • Making home visits to seniors and high-needs patients to help them with a range of services such as ensuring they are taking medication as prescribed.
  • Increasing assessment and referrals to local services in the community such as the Community Care Access Centres for follow up care.
  • Educating patients on managing their chronic disease.

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.

 QUOTES

“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

QUICK FACTS

  • Community Paramedicine allows paramedics to apply their training and skills beyond emergency response and transportation to an emergency department.
  • Since 2014, the province invested $7.8 million to support paramedics working with local health care providers across the province.
  • The projects are being assessed for their impact on client outcomes and cost.
  • The province’s $4 million investment in the program covers the 12 months from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
  • The province is prioritizing innovative home and community care and the Patients First: Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which increases access to critical services.

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