Jeff Yurek, MPP Announces Expanded Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care Program in Elgin CountyPublished on October 22, 2021
ELGIN COUNTY—Jeff Yurek, MPP is pleased to announce an expansion of the province’s Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to Elgin County. The program was first piloted across five communities in October 2020. It is fully funded by the provincial government and already operational across 33 Ontario communities, with Elgin among 22 new communities.
“The government is fixing Ontario’s long-term care system and improving the care seniors receive is a key part of its plan,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP of Elgin-Middlesex-London. “The expansion of the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to Elgin County will support local seniors by providing them high-quality care when and where they need in their own homes, while they wait for a bed in long-term care.”
The program works alongside primary care and home and community care to provide the following services to eligible seniors:
- Access to health services 24-7, through in-home and remote methods, such as online supports;
- Non-emergency home visits and in-home testing procedures;
- Ongoing monitoring of vital signs to prevent escalation of chronic medical conditions; and
- Assessments, referrals, diagnostic procedures, and point-of care testing.
Early feedback from participating communities indicates reduction in rates of hospital admissions and an increased integration with primary care.
The program is fully funded by the provincial government and is operated in partnership with municipalities and District Social Services Administration Boards.
- As of June 2021, more than 38,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario.
- In December 2020, Ontario launched the long-term care Staffing Plan, which centers around the province’s commitment of delivering an average of four hours of care per resident per day. To meet this commitment, the government is investing $4.9 billion over the next four years to help create 27,000 new positions for PSWs and nurses in long-term care. This funding will also support a 20 per cent increase in direct care time by allied health professionals including physiotherapists and social workers over the next two years.
- The long-term care Staffing Plan also responds to recommendations from Justice Gillese’s Public Inquiry Report on the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System, and recommendations from Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission, in addition to submissions from key long-term care organizations and other partners.
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