Keep on moving on

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. So all efforts to get the mobility device that's best for you are well worth it!

The spirit to move you

Our Regional Services Co-ordinators can help you to access the equipment and financial support you may need. We also advocate on your behalf to allow you to qualify for a greater range of assistance devices under the Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) and to increase the amount of ADP support you may receive in acquiring and repairing equipment. We are currently mounting an important campaign to increase access to mobility devices and raise awareness of this need with candidates in our provincial election – check out Your Move, Ontario.

The Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP)

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 specialized supplies, such as those used with ostomies. 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.

The ADP will pay 75% of the price for mobility aids and you will pay 25%.

Types of mobility aids covered by the ADP:

  • manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and power scooters
  • power add-ons (devices added to a manual wheelchair if you don’t need a power wheelchair)
  • positioning devices (e.g., cushions, back and head supports, power tilt and recline)
  • forearm-crutches
  • wheeled walkers for adults
  • pediatric walkers, standers and strollers

You can apply to replace your mobility aid if:

  • your medical condition and/or functional ability has changed and your current mobility aid no longer meets your needs
  • your body size has changed and your current mobility aid no longer fits
  • the mobility aid is worn out, no longer covered by warranty and cannot be repaired at a reasonable cost

Commonly Needed Assistive Devices

Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and chair lifts (if you live in a two-story home) are the most common devices used to move across spaces. In addition, these are some daily living devices:

  • Lift chairs – these chairs move to help you get from a standing to seated position
  • Bathrooms – bath lifts, benches, a raised toilet seat and hand rails
  • Bedrooms – homecare bed, over-bed tables, rails and positioning devices
  • Lifting devices – these are used to move from one position or device to another

There are many other devices to support your health and independence, such as compression garments and braces as well as tools to help you work around the home and attend to your personal care.

Let us know how we can help you assess your needs, navigate the equipment suppliers available and access financial support under the ADP. Our Service Co-ordinators are a great resource.