Community Paramedic Program

Program Acts as a Safety Net for High-Risk Patients
In 2014, Dufferin County Paramedic Service launched a Community Paramedic Program, in partnership with the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Headwaters Health Care Centre and the County of Dufferin. The goal is making it easier for seniors, the disabled and people with chronic illnesses to get the care they need. The program provides patients with an alternative to their family doctor, walk-in clinics and the Emergency Department by offering preventative at-home health care visits.

Dufferin County paramedics provide wellness checks, safe home assessments, remote patient monitoring (RPM) weight checks, blood work, urine tests and administer medication to hospital patients who have been identified as needing at-home checks upon discharge. The program, which is funded by the Central West LHIN, aims to reduce emergency visits and hospitalizations, increase patient satisfaction and promote a healthier community.

The program is a non-emergency, community-based service with a focus on health promotion, system navigation and injury prevention. Among Paramedic Services, Dufferin County is at the forefront with a number of innovative community programs.