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Norfolk County’s Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program is getting a financial boost from the provincial government.

 

The Community Paramedicine Program has been in place since 2015, but this new partnership with the Ministry of Long Term Care will add new services and extended hours to the current program. The Ministry of Long-Term Care announced that it will provide Norfolk County up to $2,567,000 in one-time funding for a three-year transfer payment agreement over the 2021-2024 funding years.

 

This funding will support seniors who are on the provincial long-term care waitlist, or will soon be eligible for long-term care. It will permit the existing program to expand its hours of operation to 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, as well as providing education, remote monitoring, and home visits. It will also help reduce unnecessary 911 calls and ER visits, and help people stay in their homes safely, for longer. It will also help reduce costs on the healthcare system. The current waitlist for Norfolk and Haldimand is approximately 260 people.

 

The program will be working closely with allied agencies including Norfolk General Hospital, HNHB LHIN as other community agencies to ensure patients get the right care at the right time by the right provider.