Assistive Devices Program
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care runs the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to help people who have long-term physical disabilities get needed equipment and supplies. (source)
Eligibility RequirementsEligibility includes any Ontario resident who has a valid Ontario Health card issued in their name and has a physical disability of six months or longer. Equipment cannot be required exclusively for sports, work or school. ADP does not pay for equipment available under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or to Group “A” veterans for their pensioned benefits.. There are specific eligibility criteria which apply to each device category. An individual who has a chronic illness or dysfunction that requires long-term oxygen therapy may be eligible for home oxygen funding.
How much of the equipment purchase is funded by the program?ADP pays up to 75 per cent of the cost of equipment, such as artificial limbs, orthopaedic braces, wheelchairs and breathing aids. For others, such as hearing aids, the ADP contributes a fixed amount. With regard to ostomy supplies, breast prostheses and needles and syringes for seniors, the ADP pays a grant directly to the person. The Home Oxygen Program under ADP, pays 100 per cent of the ADP price for oxygen and related equipment for seniors 65 years of age or older and for individuals 64 years of age or younger who are on social assistance, residing in a long-term care facility or who are receiving professional services through a Community Care and Access Centre, and 75 per cent of the ADP price for all others. In most cases, the client pays a share of the cost at time of purchase and the vendor bills ADP the balance. For ADP supply categories where grants are paid, the client pays 100 per cent of the cost to the vendor. There are many sources of funding for the client's share of the cost including:
voluntary/charitable organizations e.g. March of Dimes, The Easter Seals Society, Kiwanis, Lions Clubs
social assistance, DVA
insurance companies relatives/friends
One program not mentioned in the list above is their home oxygen program.
What does the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) do for individuals requiring home oxygen therapy?
The ADP pays for home oxygen therapy that your physician or nurse practitioner may prescribe for short-term use or long-term use. This includes the oxygen delivery system and supplies needed to deliver home oxygen therapy, and the services necessary to maintain oxygen therapy in the home. (source)
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