Understanding Ontario’s Assisted Devices Program
For those living with long-term disabilities, the cost of medical equipment can be a huge financial strain. Assistive devices such as wheelchairs and communication equipment can add up to thousands of dollars; and when you add these costs to the stress of day-to-day living with a medical condition, it’s not just a financial burden, but an emotional one as well.
However, Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) offers financial assistance to those in need of such supplies – thereby helping to eliminate some of the stress.
The program, run by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provides those with long-term physical disabilities a financial subsidy of up to 75 percent to cover the cost of medical assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or assistive breathing equipment.
In other cases, such as with artificial limbs or breast prostheses, the ADP will contribute a fixed amount up to a maximum contribution. For supplies such as needles and syringes, a person may receive an annual monetary grant.
The full list of equipment covered by the ADP includes:
- communication devices;
- diabetes equipment and supplies;
- enteral feeding supplies;
- hearing aids;
- home oxygen;
- insulin pumps and supplies;
- orthotic devices;
- ostomy supplies;
- pressure modification devices;
- prosthetic devices (breast, limb, ocular, maxillofacial);
- respiratory supplies and equipment;
- visual aids; and
- wheelchairs, positioning and ambulation aids.
The ADP is available to anyone who is a resident of Ontario and who is living with a long-term physical disability and has a valid health card, regardless of income. Those who are receiving social assistance benefits under Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program or Assistance to Children with Severe Disabilities may even be eligible to receive additional support under the ADP.
It’s important to note that a doctor or team of health care professionals will be required to do a medical assessment that will be submitted to ADP to confirm and accurately describe the candidate’s physical problem. This ensures the ADP can help to select the devices best-suited for the person’s needs.
For a complete description of what the ADP entails, visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website at www.health.gov.on.ca.