Paramedics across the Regina area will soon be armed with a new set of knowledge and skills. Though the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) Paramedic course, more than 100 paramedics in Regina will be equipped to assist those with a life-limiting illness, receiving care by a Palliative Care program, to remain in the comfort of their home.
From left: Jeff Jackson ACP, Jennifer Schwartz ACP, Shayna Powell PCP, Michaela Sykora PCP. Jeff, Jennifer, Shayna and Michaela are four of the paramedics taking the LEAP training.
As of July 2019, on-duty paramedics can be dispatched to the homes of palliative care patients during a symptom crisis. Normally, these patients would need to be transported to the hospital to receive this care if symptoms could not be managed at home. Now, this mobile team of health care professionals will work collaboratively with the Palliative Home Care Team to take this level of care right to the patient as needed.
Saskatchewan is one of seven jurisdictions in Canada to receive funding for this program.