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 visit with Mee Hee Kim. Mee Hee is a past receipient of our Enhancing Independence Program funds. She will share the equipment that has transformed her life.
Mee Hee Kim lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She emigrated to Canada 40 years ago and sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 1991. Mee Hee works with SCIO to secure funding from Assistive Devices Program and multiple other agencies for necessary equipment that is and isn’t covered. She has received funding support from the Enhancing Independence Program for her air mattress, tilt commode chair, gel cushion and new power wheelchair. She loves to meet her mother for breakfast and visit with friends and family.
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 ADP 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 our Service Navigation Co-ordintors can help you, visit sciontario.org.