Funding Options for those Receiving Palliative Care
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 Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS - formerly 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.
- Ontario's Assistive Devices Program (ADP): Through ADP, people with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment, like wheelchairs and hearing aids. ADP also helps cover the cost of specialized supplies, such as those used with ostomies.
- Ontario's Disability Support Program (ODSP): ODSP is one of Ontario’s social assistance programs which provides income and employment supports to eligible Ontario residents who have disabilities. If a child receives ACSD, they will generally be automatically switched over to ODSP when eligible.
- Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP): OHIP pays for many health services you may need as a resident of Ontario. Many palliative care services are covered by OHIP.
- Special Services at Home Program (SSAH): Families who are caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability can apply to the special services at home program to get funding for primary caregiver relief and related supports or for activities of personal growth or development including camps and recreational activities, like swimming and music classes.
- Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Funding: VAC helps members (current and former) of the Canadian Air Force or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their families with various means of support. VAC has many financial programs and services to help support for medical costs, compensation for illness or injury, emergency funds, etc.
These agencies are based in the province of Ontario, Canada. We encourage clients receiving palliative care, or their caregivers, who believe they may be eligible for these program to visit the websites below to learn more. VHA is not endorsed by any of these programs. This list is simply a helpful guide that was developed by members of our Palliative Care Committee.
- ALS Ontario: ALS Canada helps people diagnosed with ALS to cope with the daily challenges of decreasing mobility and communication ability and to help with retaining independence. Access to equipment and assistive devices is essential for your safety, comfort and functioning as a person living with ALS. In Ontario, the ALS Canada has an Equipment Program which provides access to basic and essential assistive equipment through their loan equipment program, funding assistance programs for some leased and rented equipment, flexible funding program for small bathroom equipment.
- City of Toronto's Hardship Fund: Funds may be available to pay for certain medically based items/services such as eyeglasses, emergency dental work, medication, medical items (walkers, hearing aids, hospital beds and more) or funeral expenses.
- Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy: The OFCP offers funding assistance grants to Individual Members of the OFCP who have cerebral palsy.
- March of Dimes' Assistive Devices Program: March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices Program assists adults with physical disabilities who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices that increase their mobility and functional independence. The program can help to buy, repair and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment.
- March of Dimes' Home & Vehicle Modification® Program: Funded by the government of Ontario, the Home and Vehicle Modification® Program helps people living in Ontario pay for crucial renovations and retrofits. This includes anything from widening doorways for a wheelchair to modifying a van so someone who uses an assistive device can drive it. The goal is to keep people at home and in their communities.
- VHA's Simple Comforts Fund: The Simple Comforts fund at VHA is for urgent client needs. It can be accessed by staff, service providers, supervisors, and managers at VHA. The fund is meant to be used for “one-time” urgent client needs when services or products are not available to the client and not funded by other public or third party payors. Please speak with your VHA service provider for more information.