Ontario Expands Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care Program to Naotkamegwanning First Nation

Published on October 22, 2021

SIOUX NARROWS-NESTOR FALLS - The Ontario government is expanding the province’s Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to Naotkamegwanning First Nation. This program, which is fully funded by the provincial government and already operational across 33 Ontario communities, is being expanded to 22 more, including Naotkamegwanning First Nation. The program was first piloted across five communities in October 2020.  

“Our government is fixing Ontario’s long-term care system and improving the care seniors receive is a key part of our plan,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “The expansion of the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to Naotkamegwanning First Nation will provide seniors with high-quality care in their own homes while they wait for a long-term care bed.”

The program works alongside primary care and home and community care to provide the following services to eligible seniors:

  • Access to health services 24-7, through in-home and remote methods, such as online supports;
  • Non-emergency home visits and in-home testing procedures;
  • Ongoing monitoring of vital signs to prevent escalation of chronic medical conditions; and
  • Assessments, referrals, diagnostic procedures, and point-of care testing.

Early feedback from participating communities indicates reduction in rates of hospital admissions and an increased integration with primary care.

The program is fully funded by the provincial government and is operated in partnership with municipalities and District Social Services Administration Boards.

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