Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott announced Tuesday that $3.25 million will be invested into Haliburton County’s Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to help expand it locally.

“This new funding will help keep our loved ones at home longer and avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital,” Scott said. “Thanks to our Haliburton County Paramedic Service, this program will help even more seniors and has the potential to delay the need for long-term care.”

She explained that it allows seniors to live comfortably at home while waiting to move into a long-term care home or to prevent them from having to. Scott added that the goal of the program is to “end hallway care” in Haliburton.

As part of the program’s first phase, it was launched in Brant County, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board, the City of Ottawa, Renfrew County, and York Region.

“The community paramedicine program provides our seniors, their families and caregivers peace of mind while waiting for a long-term care space,” Minister of Long-Term Care Dr. Merrilee Fullerton said. “Expanding the program across the province means that more of our loved ones can access services from their own homes, potentially even delaying the need for long-term care, while still providing the quality care and service they need and deserve.”