Expanded Funding For Community Paramedicine Program for Long-Term Care in Rainy River District

Published on March 09, 2021

Joined by CEO of the Rainy River District Social Services Board - Dan McCormick and Mayor of Fort Frances June Caul

March 9.202,

FORT FRANCES — Today, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River, announced that the Ontario Government is investing $650,500 to expand the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program in the Rainy River District. This initiative will help more seniors on long-term care waitlists stay safe while living in the comfort of their own homes for longer. 

Rickford announced details of the program, at a socially distanced announcement with the CEO of the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB), Dan McCormick, Mayor Deb Ewald, Chair of the RRDSSAB and Mayor of the Town of Fort Frances, June Caul. 

“The Community Paramedicine Program is designed to provide our seniors with the opportunity to remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes for longer before they need to consider long-term care outside the home” said Rickford, who is also Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “It gives our seniors and their families and caregivers peace of mind.” 

The program will be delivered throughout the Rainy River District, 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 that Ontario is collaborating with our health system partners to provide innovative services and end hallway health care,” said Rickford.