After an operation or an injury, you may need to use a walker or wheelchair temporarily. However, if your mobility issues continue or getting around gets more and more difficult as you age, you may want to be assessed by a registered physiotherapist or occupational therapist to be advised if you need a walker or wheelchair.
A registered physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and some medical doctors are trained in assessing the need of patients for a walker or wheelchair. They will interview you and learn about your abilities, your living arrangement, your need for transportation and many other areas and will help you to choose the best option.
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) has a program called the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that funds assistive devices and mobility aids for clients with long term disabilities. This program covers over 8,000 separate pieces of equipment or supplies in a number of categories.
To be eligible for the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) you must:
Equipment cannot be required only for sports, work or school. The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) pays a portion of the needed equipment. If you have insurance coverage, the insurer may pay the balance. For more detail on eligibility visit: Assistive Devices Program web page
ADP program offered by Physiomobility is part of our In-home care and our physiotherapists who are licensed to assess & prescribe walkers and wheelchairs provide assessment and recommend the necessary equipment for you at the comfort of your home or residence. These items can include wheelchairs/mobility aids such as walkers and specialized seating systems and some modifications for your home or workplace.
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is an Ontario government program that provides funding for those with long-term physical disabilities. Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people to increase their mobility & independence.
Author: Mary Kazem, Registered Physiotherapist, ADP Authorizer
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