Paramedicine expanded in Elgin County as seniors await long-term care beds

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The Ontario government is expanding its paramedicine program to Elgin County to support more seniors and patients in the community.

Paramedicine to treat Elgin County seniors awaiting long-term care beds

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek announced Friday the expansion would allow paramedics to offer at-home support for seniors waiting for a long-term care bed.

"The government is fixing Ontario's long-term care system and improving the care seniors receive is a key part of its plan," Yurek said in a statement.

The move is part of Ontario's $82.5-million investment to expand care in 22 regions, including others in Southwestern Ontario, such as Bruce, Huron, Oxford and Perth counties, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Six Nations of the Grand River.

There are already 33 paramedicine programs in Ontario, including in Middlesex-London, Chatham-Kent, Lambton County, Norfolk County, and Windsor-Essex.

The program works with community partners to offer in-home and remote care services, non-emergency home visits, in-home testing procedures, ongoing monitoring of patients and virtual visits.

Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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