A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Colleen or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866, Saddle Mountain Drop In (778) 930-0509. Funding support provided by the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), Interior Health and United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap.
The Community Paramedicine Program is a relatively new service in British Columbia that was designed to help improve senior health care in rural areas. Community paramedics can provide basic health care services in a non-urgent setting, in patients’ homes and in the community.
Community Paramedicine is intended primarily for older patients, living independently, with on-going medical conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, or those who are at risk of falls. Many aging adults often struggle with less home support and could definitely benefit from someone checking in on their wellness. Regular contact with a community paramedic can assist with seniors living longer in their own homes, reduce the reliance on unnecessary 911 calls and help ensure they stay connected with their primary care physician.
Patients are referred to this program by their doctor or other community health provider. The current paramedic providing this service in Lumby is Tara Lightfoot. Tara is local to the Okanagan but new to our area. She is passionate about helping people and loves this community and being able to support and help whenever possible. If you would like more information on this complimentary program please call Whitevalley Community Resource Centre (250) 547-8866.
For more information on our on-going senior services, please call Whitevalley Community Resource Centre 250-547-8866.