Com­mu­nity Paramedics: ‘I don’t know what we’d do with­out them’

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Com­mu­nity Para­medic Pro­gram has been a god­send for many res­i­dents in the Stor­mon­tDun­das-Glen­garry and Corn­wall.

“The paramedics are won­der­ful to us,” said Eva Ma­honey. “I don’t know what we’d do with­out them,” added Ms. Ma­honey, who re­ceives a visit from com­mu­nity paramedics once a month.

She was one of 30 clients who en­joyed a first-ever com­mu­nity Christ­mas party held at the Para­medic Ser­vices head­quar­ters in Corn­wall.

“This has warmed my heart,” Com­mu­nity Para­medic Liz Hill told clients and their fam­i­lies. “I care for you so much. You’ve be­come part of my fam­ily.”

“The idea is to spread Christ­mas cheer to clients we serve through­out the year,” said Corn­wall SDG Para­medic Ser­vices Chief Bill Lis­ter. “It’s brought our staff lots of joy, too, to host this event.”

Clients were bused in from across Corn­wall, Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry.

“This was truly an in­ter-de­part­men­tal ini­tia­tive,” ob­served Mr. Lis­ter, not­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of Corn­wall Tran­sit and So­cial & Hous­ing Ser­vices made the event pos­si­ble.

Corn­wall SDG Para­medic Ser­vices staff also do­nated their time. Paramedics chat­ted with clients, who en­joyed lunch, Christ­mas car­ols, and a gift from Santa. The Com­mu­nity Para­medic Pro­gram pro­vides at-home care to select res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity, with a fo­cus on se­niors and pa­tients liv­ing with chronic con­di­tions. Com­mu­nity Paramedics mon­i­tor in­de­pen­dence and over­all health of res­i­dents, with the goal of re­duc­ing hos­pi­tal read­mis­sions and trans­ports to emer­gency de­part­ments.

VI­SION FUND: The Maxville Lions Club makes a $500 do­na­tion to the Lions In­ter­na­tional eye­wear project. Shown are Alexan­dria Lion Marc Leblanc (left) and Maxville Lion Ge­orge Cur­rier.

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