Ontario Expanding Existing Community Paramedicine Program to Long-Term Care in Haliburton

The Ontario government is investing $3.25 million to expand the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program in Haliburton County.

This initiative will help more seniors access healthcare services they require in the comfort of their own homes for longer.

“This new funding will help keep our loved ones at home longer and avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “Thanks to our Haliburton County Paramedic Service, this program will help even more seniors and has the potential to delay the need for long-term care.”

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 5 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 emergency incidents;
  • Additional education about healthy living and managing chronic diseases; and
  • Connections for participants and their families to home care and community supports.

The Community Paramedicine program is yet another way Ontario is collaborating with our 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.

Additional Resources:

Members of the public who have inquires can call the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

MPP Scott, A Haliburton County Paramedic, and the Deputy Chief