The evolution of community paramedicine in Grey County

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Southgate residents are among those benefiting as the province expands its community paramedicine program in Grey County.

Here’s some background on Friday’s announcement by Health Minister Dr. Merrilee Fullerton.

Grey County was among 29 areas invited to apply for the program, because of having an existing program, enough paramedics with advanced training, and ability to expand without negatively impacting other services.

The paramedics with advanced training can:

- monitor and assess through non-emergency home visits

-provide health care access 24- 7 through in-home and remote measures

-provide in-home testing

- provide answers to questions as they arise, and give advice on managing chronic diseases

- provide a seamless connection to health care needed.

Paramedics providing in-home health care was piloted in Grey starting about six years ago.

Last October, a new program focusing on people on LTC wait lists was piloted in five other regions, and its success meant it is being expanded to a new group of municipalities including Grey, with a $3.25 million investment.

The approach has eased the strain on all health care providers and facilities and reduce emergency room visits.

But it has also relieved the stress and strain from patients and their families.

By letting people receive much-needed care in their own homes, it reduces the risk of infection. It also helps those who are frail or have trouble getting around to seek care, whether for physical or economic reasons.

“Knowing funding will continue to 2024 is great news, but knowing funding is increasing to support more than double our current patient count is fantastic, and a true testament to the value of this service,” said Grey County Warden Selwyn Hicks.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald