A spinal cord injury often leads to restricted mobility, which means there is much to consider when it comes to assistive devices and modifications to your home. The more mobile you become, the better your physical and mental well-being and overall quality of life. But accessing the equipment you need to live your life can be overwhelming and a serious financial challenge.
On this episode of Underestimated, presented by Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers and brought to you by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, we speak with Sheri Upper, one of SCIO’s Service Navigation Co-ordinators to discuss the impact of equipment and funding support on clients living in the community.
Sheri Upper is a Service Navigation Coordinator within at SCIO. With a Master’s in Social Work and 25 years of working with people with disabilities, Sheri initially worked at Lyndhurst with inpatients before joining the SCIO team in 2008. She co-leads SCIO’s Family Connections program and supports clients in York Region and Muskoka.
As you explore the range of assistive devices that best suit your injury and life plans, the issue of cost will also play a role. The Assistive Devices Program in Ontario helps people with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment, such as wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
You qualify for support if you are an Ontario resident, have a valid Health Card and have a disability requiring the equipment or supplies for six months or longer.
For more information on the Ontario Assistive Devices Program or how SCIO’s Service Navigation Co-ordintors can help you, visit sciontario.org.