This community paramedicine program is implemented in collaboration with the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine. At a designated housing complex in Kingston, older adults are attending free weekly sessions where our paramedics conduct blood pressure, diabetes and falls risk assessments. Based on these assessments, they provide health education and promotion community programs and resources to participants and refer health information to their regular primary care practitioner.

Why CP@clinic?

Older adults living in subsidized housing report poorer health. Their low income and age make it harder for them to use community services. Many older adults have heart disease and diabetes which lead to frequent emergency calls and hospital admissions. To decrease the costs of treating heart disease and diabetes through emergency and hospitalization, improved screening and health education is needed. CP@clinic provides a heart disease, diabetes, and falls risk check-up with health education within housing apartments of older adults. It has been shown to improve the health of older adults leading to less emergency calls and hospital visits.

Why paramedics?
Paramedics can use their skills and extensive training to provide non urgent health care services in areas of community need by accurately assessing an individual’s health status within their environmental context before connecting participants with primary care physicians, and community programs and services.
Why diabetes?

There are 1.9 million Canadians living with diabetes. The risk of diabetes increases with age, but the diabetes stage can be reversed if detected. If left untreated, 50% of those with pre-diabetes will become diabetic. Diabetes can have subtle warning signs and there may only be symptoms when absolute diabetes mellitus develops. Most cases of diabetes have been undiagnosed for years.

Why hypertension?
High blood pressure affects 1 in 5 Canadian adults and the number of individuals with high blood pressure increases with age. High blood pressure is one of the most significant health problems because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Blood pressure is challenging to accurately measure due to its natural variability and because of “white coat” and “masked” high blood pressure.