October 12, 2021
Oxford County paramedics launch “A Wish to Remember”
New volunteer-led program grants wishes to palliative care patients in Oxford County
Oxford County Paramedic Services has initiated a new wish-granting program that provides unique and personal experiences for patients nearing end of life in Oxford County.
A Wish to Remember enables palliative care patients who are immobile or need constant care to go see or do something special they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. Wishes could be trips back to their family farm, to go out for a special dinner or to visit the beach to watch the sunset.
With full support from the patient’s family and medical team, Oxford County paramedics volunteer their time to arrange and transport patients to their desired destination, ensuring a safe and comfortable journey.
The Wish team has granted about half-a-dozen wishes since the program started last fall. It was initiated by a local paramedic who saw a need for the service after her family struggled to find a way to take her uncle, who was palliative and nearing end of life, back to see his farm one last time.
Referrals to the program are made through the Oxford County Palliative Care Outreach Team (PCOT) or a Community Paramedic. Once a wish has been requested, a paramedic will conduct an assessment to ensure the patient meets the criteria for the program.
Nancy was a resident at Woodingford Lodge –Woodstock and recently had her wish granted by Oxford County paramedics. She lived most of her life on a farm near Foldens and was a well-known and distinguished horse racer (and cat lover). Her wish was to return home to see the horses and cats. Watch Nancy’s A Wish to Remember here.
Ryan Orton, Superintendent, Oxford County Paramedic Services
“We are so proud of our paramedics for bringing this program to Oxford County residents. They have shown incredible compassion and dedication in their work, proving it’s more than just a job to them. It is a privilege to support this initiative and to provide these incredibly special moments for our patients.”
Ben Addley, Paramedic Chief, Oxford County
“Paramedic Services continually seeks ways to better serve our community, so when our paramedics saw a need for this program, it was important to us to find a way to fill this gap in service.”
Johanna Hampson-Ducharme, Paramedic, Oxford County
“Each wish is as unique as the individual and while it may seem like something simple, it can mean the world to that person. Everyone is so happy at these events even though it’s sad, it’s so heartwarming to see family and friends there with the common goal of making this moment wonderful for that one person.”
Video: Nancy’s A Wish to Remember
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 123,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Carla Garrett | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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