New community paramedicine program will help seniors on long-term care waitlists stay safe in the comfort of their own homes and communities for longer
Our PC government is committed to ensuring the mental and physical well-being of our aging population across Ontario and ending hallway healthcare.
That’s why we are investing up to $5 million to launch the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program in five communities across the province. Phase one of the program will be delivered in Brant County, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board, the City of Ottawa, Renfrew County, and York Region. This new program will provide our seniors, their families and caregivers peace of mind while waiting for a long-term care bed or potentially delay the need for long-term care.
The program, which will be fully funded by the provincial government and operated in partnership with local municipalities, will help maintain stability for those waiting for long-term care through ongoing and 24/7 non-emergency support, including home visits and remote monitoring that is responsive to changes or escalation in their health conditions. These services will complement the home and community care services they are receiving.
This is another example of how our PC government is collaborating with our health system partners to provide innovative services in support of our goal to end hallway health care in Ontario and build a 21st century long-term care system, while also responding to the impact COVID-19 has had on the sector.