Recently leaders from Primary Care, Home and Community Care, Dufferin Area Family Health Team, Dufferin Paramedic Service and Headwaters planned what support could look like if they were to all connect their individual programs and supports to ensure people had the best options for recovery at home following an acute care visit due to COVID-19. 

By connecting the patient to the Community Paramedic remote monitoring program, coupled with the Respiratory Therapist team at the Dufferin Family Health Team and using the supports of home oxygen through Home and Community Care, this connected team will provide the best patient experience possible.

If needed the team will have access to specialist support at the hospital to manage patients that may need extra support.

“What is consistent with this group is their constant consideration for what is best for the patient regardless of what organization a resource or support comes from,” said Tom Reid, Dufferin County’s Chief of Paramedic Services.

This is just one example of how community partners are living the shared purpose of creating one community, working together to improve the health and well-being of everyone who lives and provides care across Dufferin-Caledon.

The ongoing work that remains underway within the Collaborative was highlighted at a recent international webinar on “Care during and beyond the COVID-19 Crisis” by the International Foundation for Integrated Care. The full webinar can be found here.