By: Laura Steiner
Ontario is expanding its Paramedicine program into Long-Term Care in Halton.The $5.4 million investment will establish the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program in Halton Region.
“Today’s announcement is great news for the many seniors in our community. This support will help ensure they receive the care they need in a timely manner,” Milton MPP Parm Gill said. The intention is to provide additional care for seniors allowing them to stay in their home longer.
Under the new initiative Halton Paramedics will be able to:
- Access to health services 24-7, through in-home and remote methods, such as online or virtual supports;
- Non-emergency home visits and in-home testing procedures;
- Ongoing monitoring of changing or escalating conditions to prevent or reduce emergency incidents;
- Additional education about healthy living and managing chronic diseases; and
- Connections for participants and their families to home care and community supports.
“By expanding this program to residents awaiting long-term care, we are able to proive these important services to more people to help support their overall health and well-being,” Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr said. Phase one of the program started with 5 communities in October, 2020.