In Ontario, many palliative care services are covered through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and begun by a referral from your doctor for palliative care. If referred for home care services, a Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Care Co-ordinator will determine services you or a loved one are eligible for. While some of these may be covered by OHIP, you may find there are gaps or a need for greater financial and care resources. Below are some additional options to consider.
What it does:
Helps people with a disability in financial need.
Toronto Special Needs Unit
York Region Residents:
1) Trial Equipment
2) Mail/fax an OT letter of support to ODSP along with a vendor quote.
Mississauga, Halton and Peel:
1) Trial Equipment
2) Mail/fax an OT letter of support along with a vendor quote.
3) Discretionary Benefit Form
Provides funding to eligible Veterans for equipment.
1) Telephone VAC to determine eligibility for benefits: 1-866-522-2122.
*Note: Having a VAC card does not determine eligibility, as some Veterans may be eligible for benefits but have not previously accessed VAC.
*Note: If client has a VAC card and is eligible for home safety equipment, then proceed with the following steps:
a) Trial equipment through vendor of client’s choice
*Note: Provide card# to vendor and vendor will submit quote to VAC
b) Write letter of support to VAC to explain rationale for equipment.
ADP provides consumer centred support and funding to Ontario residents who have long- term physical disabilities. Devices covered by the program are intended to help people with physical disabilities to increase their independence through the use of equipment that meets their needs.
Family caregiver leave is unpaid, job protected leave up to 8 weeks per calendar year per specified family member.
You may be eligible for the Family Caregiver Tax Credit if you live with a dependent with physical or mental impairments.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of health services. To be eligible, residents of Ontario must have a valid health card. This website has detailed information and fact sheets about the services covered by OHIP and those that are not.
Funding for home renovations may be available for persons with disabilities if certain criteria are met.
1)Membership: client must register for membership with ALS Canada prior to applying for equipment funding. Email registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 416.497.8545.
2) Complete funding application
Option 1: Equipment Funding Assistance Application
Option 2: Loan Equipment Application
*Note: Loan Wheelchair Specifications Form (if applicable)
3) Email or fax application for funding form to: email@example.com or fax to 416.497.8545.
Provide emotional and financial support to individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease.
1) Complete online application for First Link (for Toronto residents).
*Note: To apply for funding, the health care professional referring the caregiver needs to check off the “Caregiver Project” box.
Funding can be available for PSW hours, incontinence products, ADP use, transportation use, medication and assistive devices.
*Note: AST takes approximately 90 days to process and application.
1.Items listed in the Quality of Life Grant Guidelines:
*Note: Quality of Life Grants application
2. Quotes from two vendors needed, (including delivery and installation). If ADP has been accessed, one quote sufficient.
Services Specialist 1-866-687-2538 ext 1121 Karen.Dunbar@muscle.ca
1)Register with the MD Canada.
*registration form must be signed by a physician.
2) Complete the application form
3) Obtain quote from two different equipment vendors.
4) Signed equipment prescription from therapist.
– MD Canada maximum contribution per item: $2640
– Client minimum contribution: $200
– Equipment costing less than $200 is not eligible
WarAmps: Aims to support to all amputees in Canada (including war veterans, as well as non-veteran adults and children). WarAmps provides financial assistance towards the cost of an artificial limb and access to information about life as an amputee. See website for resources: www.waramps.ca