Prophet River First Nation’s new Director of Health & Wellness is no stranger to our community. Tony LaRocque has been working as a community paramedic for about three years in First Nation communities, including Prophet River, providing health and wellness clinics. In these clinics LaRocque checks residents vital signs and helps them to maintain their own health records and keep them up-to-date. This helps people to track their own health, shows trends and early warning signs of potential problems, and is helpful to share with their doctor or other health care providers.
LaRocque works closely with the Northern Health care team and stakeholders to develop programs and provide patient care, such as Home Health Monitoring. This program sets up patients with tablets where they monitor and record their vitals on a daily basis. Blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body weight and oxygen saturation are all inputted daily, within about seven minutes. This information is helpful for LaRocque to catch changes needed to patients’ medications and healthcare, and encourages patients to advocate for their own health.