Community Paramedic services is an innovative solution dedicated to providing high quality follow-up care and preventative services in the comfort of the patient’s home.
How does it work?
A primary care provider refers a patient to the Community Paramedic to provide services in the home within the paramedic’s current scope of practice including: hospital discharge follow-up, fall prevention in the home, blood draws, home medication review, diabetes and asthma education, and wound care. The Community Paramedic provides care and communicates health status or concerns back to the referring provider to ensure quality of care and appropriate oversight. The Community Paramedic works with Public Health officials to provide preventative services throughout the community.
Healthcare professionals can refer patients who meet the following criteria:
- Have received emergency department services and a follow-up visit may be helpful to the patient
- May require services after a clinic visit
- May require services after discharge from a hospital, nursing home, or home care
- May require services to prevent readmission to a hospital or nursing home
- Have chronic conditions, isolation or no support system in the home
Frequently Asked Questions
No, a Community Paramedic is not a replacement; instead it is an extension of the primary care provider. The Community Paramedic provides care to patients who may have limited access to healthcare. This service compliments the specialized services available in a home care model or physician office.
Additional training is provided to Community Paramedics to provide them with the skills needed to provide preventative care in the home. All Community Paramedics must complete an additional 300 hours of training in addition to the AAS degree required to be a paramedic.
No, a Community Paramedic provides care under the supervision of a physician, providing care that is consistent with the quality of care provided in a clinic setting. Having the Community Paramedic visit the patient in his/her home allows your primary provider better oversight of your care.