Cranbrook and Kimberley are two of the latest cities selected for the Community Paramedicine program.
BC Emergency Health Services has announced a full-time paramedic will be hired for both communities as part of their rollout of the service across the province.
Chief Transformation Officer Nancy Kotani says the paramedics will make life easier for seniors living at home in rural areas.
“Some of the conditions that older people face are very amenable to minor levels of support, blood pressure monitoring, help with remembering medications, trying to eliminate tripping and fall hazards which are a large reason a number of older people lose their independence,” Kotani says.
Kotani says the program should help reduce 911 calls by providing seniors care in their own home.
“Community paramedics provide us with the opportunity to support people to age in place in their communities, to prevent unnecessary trips to the emergency department and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations,” Kotani says. “We’re seeing that happen in other communities.”
The paramedics should be ready to serve Cranbrook or Kimberley homes this summer.
The program was introduced in April 2016 when 80 paramedics were hired for 76 communities selected across the province.
(Photo from BC Emergency Health Services)
– Chief Transformation Officer Nancy Kotani, BC Emergency Health Services