Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Adding Paramedics Who Can Help Treat Seniors in Their Homes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Adding Paramedics Who Can Help Treat Seniors in Their Homes

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Alberta expanding paramedics service for seniors

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CALGARY - Alberta is expanding a program that allows paramedics to treat seniors at home in non-emergency situations instead of having to take them to a hospital.

Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says 10 such paramedics are being added in each of Edmonton and Calgary to complement 30 colleagues already providing the service.

Some 26 full-time positions are to be filled in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Camrose, Grande Prairie and Peace River.

Speaking in Calgary, Payne said the idea is to eliminate the potential risk and stress a hospital visit can put seniors through.

She also said it's hoped the approach will reduce wait times in hospital ERs for people who do need emergency care.

It will cost $11 million to expand the program. …

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