Ontario Providing Support for Seniors Living at Home in London and Middlesex CountyPublished on March 02, 2021
LONDON - The Ontario government is investing $5,950,200 to expand the community paramedicine for long-term care program in London and Middlesex County. This initiative will help more seniors stay safe while living in the comfort of their own homes for longer.
Details of the new program were provided today by Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, Neal Roberts, Chief of Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services Authority, Cathy Burghardt-Jesson, Warden of Middlesex, Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent Middlesex.
“Seniors in our communities should be able to safely remain in their homes for as long as they wish,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. “The paramedicine program will ensure that they and their families have access to the quality care they need in order to do so.”
The long-term care focused community paramedicine program leverages the skills of community paramedic providers to help end hallway health care and provide additional care for seniors. The first phase of this program was announced in October 2020, in partnership with five communities. This expansion will help keep seniors safe, while delaying the need for long-term care by providing enhanced at-home supports.
“The community paramedicine program provides our seniors, their families and caregivers peace of mind while waiting for a long-term care space,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Expanding the program across the province means that more of our loved ones can access services from their own homes, potentially even delaying the need for long term care, while still providing the quality care and service they need and deserve.”
The program will be delivered through local communities, providing:
• 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
• Additional education about healthy living and managing chronic diseases; and
• Connections for participants and their families to home care and community
The community paramedicine program is another way Ontario is collaborating with health system partners to provide innovative services and end hallway health care, build a 21st-century long-term care system, and respond to the impact COVID-19 has had on seniors and their families.
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