Having the right medical equipment is important for your safety. You may be required to rent or buy equipment, such as walkers, bath seats, wheelchairs or lifts. If the appropriate equipment is not in place, it may affect the services that we are safely able to provide to you. Our home health staff can help you determine:
Call the Home and Community Care Access Line in your community.
If you are in the hospital and will be going home, talk to the hospital staff about your needs before you go home.
For the most part, you will be expected to pay for your supplies, medications and equipment. There are a few exceptions where the equipment or supplies are free, such as:
if you are receiving wound care services through our home health services, either at home or in a clinic, you will receive at least two weeks of supplies that are outlined in our wound care guidelines and protocols. All other supplies are your responsibility.
if you are receiving IV medications through our home health services, either at home or in a clinic, we will provide you with the medication and the supplies you need at no cost until you are finished with the medication.
If no medications are involved, you will be given supplies needed to care for the IV access device, such as flushing, capping and dressing changes. Medications that are not approved for use in BC or are experimental will not be covered.
Visit the hospice palliative care page for more information.
Depending on your situation, some or all of your costs might be covered by another funding agency, such as:
Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance
Veterans’ Affairs Canada
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Ministry of Housing and Social Development
Insurance Corporation of BC
Extended health benefits plan
First Nations Inuit Health Branch
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
There are also organizations that provide short-term and long-term loans, as well as financial assistance for eligible clients. Ask our home health staff for more information about the options available to you.