Programs and support
In Québec, more than 8,000 people suffer from chronic kidney disease and thousands of others are affected by a kidney disease. The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to patient services, public education, organ donation awareness and communications. Assistance is available to help kidney patients locate the information and resources they need to learn more about how they can manage kidney disease, and the impact it has on their lives.
The Kidney Foundation's Québec Branch offers a range of services, including:
- information and referral
- educational materials
- short-term financial assistance, and
- peer support
Other services may be offered depending on local community needs and resources. To find out what specific services are available in your area, contact us.
The Foundation unveils the results of its diabetes and hypertension education and screening program
From 2010 to 2012, The Kidney Foundation of Canada carried out a diabetes and hypertension education and screening campaign in locations frequented by high-risk communities (Asian, South Asian, Afro-Caribbean, Latin American). In Canada, an estimated 2.6 million people suffer from chronic kidney failure or are at risk of developing it, and we know that the two main causes of kidney failure are diabetes (34%) and hypertension, known commonly as high blood pressure (19%).
The screening campaign carried out from January 2010 to June 2012 reached 4,400 people (53% women and 47% men) who were able to get tested at one of the Foundation’s 62 kidney health booths. The results showed that South Asian communities are at the greatest risk of developing hypertension: 30% of the 750 people of South Asian descent who were tested were found to be at risk. Mainly from India or Pakistan, these people present an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure. On the opposite end of the scale, people of Latin American descent have a lower risk of developing the condition. Only 15% of the 1,000 people tested were at risk of developing hypertension. On average, 23% of the 4,400 people tested, all communities combined, were at risk of developing high blood pressure. In terms of diabetes, the South Asian, Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities were those with the highest risk of developing the disease. Our study also found that men over 40 were at greater risk of suffering from hypertension and diabetes.
This major screening campaign aimed at high-risk communities helped the Foundation raise public awareness about the importance of healthy living, while disseminating information on how to make good use of available health services. The campaign is the product of a close collaboration between community organizations, the Public Health division of the Montreal Health and Social Services Agency, and the De la Montagne, Ahuntsic and Montréal-Nord Community Health and Social Service Centres (CSSS). The project was made possible thanks to a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Survey of people living with chronic kidney disease who use the services of The Kidney Foundation of Canada
"I am writing you today not only as Vice-president of Programs at the Quebec Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, but also as the husband of a peritoneal dialysis patient. The survey you hold in your hands was developed by the Branch as a means to improve the services it currently offers. By completing the survey, you will be telling us about your needs and, in so doing, will bring us one step closer to achieving our goals. As always, the Foundation is here for you, which is all the more reason to respond: by participating, you’ll help us better understand how to help you. Together we can do so much more. Thank you for taking part." Simon Brodeur
Download the survey and complete it directly on screen.
You can send the survey either by email or by mail (by using the specific butttons on the PDF file).
The mailing address is:
The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Quebec Branch
2300, René-Lévesque Blvd. W.
Montréal, QC H3H 2R5
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you encounter problems sending the survey by pressing "SEND BY EMAIL" on the PDF file, you can send it directly through your email account. The completed survey must be saved on your computer and then sent as an attachment to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and referral
Foundation staff and volunteers cannot offer direct medical advice, but we can provide useful information about kidney disease and treatment options. Information and referral services are intended to guide patients through the sometimes confusing and stressful process of adjusting to living with kidney disease.
To find out what specific services are available in your area, contact us.
The Kidney Foundation provides, free of charge, a comprehensive manual entitled Living with Kidney Disease to all individuals diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. The manual is generally distributed through renal clinics in the province. Topics covered in the manual include function of the kidney, types of kidney disease, treatment options, early signs of kidney disease, transplantation, diet and lifestyle. The manual is available in several languages and on audio-cassette for the visually impaired.
The Kidney Foundation also produces videos combining medical information and patient perspectives as well as information pamphlets, fact sheets and brochures on specific aspects of living with kidney disease. Most materials are available online or can be mailed out as requested from your Branch office.
The Kidney Link Newsletter and Your Health
The Québec Branch publishes The Kidney Link Newsletter and Your Health booklet three times a year. They are distributed in French and English to all kidney patients and include information on the various services and activities of the Foundation and supplies the reader with the latest information on kidney disease, organ donation, etc.
The Kidney Foundation recognizes that many of the expenses associated with kidney disease are borne directly by patients and their families. This program is not intended to be a substitute for any federal or provincial assistance programs, but rather to provide short term, emergency financial assistance when all other options have been exhausted.
Applications are made through renal social workers at community units, hospital renal programs or kidney care clinics. The applicant must meet eligibility requirements. For more information, contact us.
Kidney Health Centre
In May 2009, the Québec Branch set up a Kidney Health Centre with the aim of preventing kidney disease. This project was made possible thanks to the precious collaboration of Sanofi Aventis. It provides companies with an opportunity to offer screening tests to their employees in the workplace.
At the present time, more than 600,000 Canadians may be at risk for the development of kidney disease and yet are not aware of the danger. They will only go and see a doctor when the symptoms appear and by then it is usually too late to halt the progress of the disease. The Foundation believes it has a key role to play in prevention with the entire population, including those at risk and those who are currently healthy.
That is why it has implemented a new initiative in Québec with the aim of providing information about kidney health and prevention; it is also possible to take a blood pressure test as well as a minor blood sample. This simple test may reveal a high level of glucose in the bloodstream, which may indicate the presence of diabetes.
This unique program is a magnificent complement to the services already being offered in the field of renal health by the healthcare system and the various provincial branches of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Moreover, the program offers an opportunity to thousands of people with kidney problems to avoid the development of kidney disease.
If your company would like to participate in this program, we invite you to contact Mrs Hélène Boisvert at (514) 938-4515, ext. 224.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada offers a peer support program called Kidney Connect. This program provides an opportunity for people affected by kidney disease to talk to others who have been there too. The program is staffed by a team of volunteers who have been especially trained as mentors for people with kidney disease and their families and friends. Volunteers provide support by telephone and, once a referral is made to our office, the peer support person contacts you within a couple of days.
For more information on the Kidney Connect program click here or call toll free 1 866 390-PEER (7337).
- MedicAlert bracelets. The Kidney Foundation will pay the cost of the bracelet, applicable taxes and shipping fees to patients who do not have the financial meands to do so.
- Pagers. An agreement between The Kidney Founfation and Bell Mobility helps patients awaiting organ tranplant to rent (free of charge) a numerical pager with unlimited service for a period of 12 months.
- Taxes. Many people affected by a kidney disease have questions about the legal aspects of taxes and the paperwork involved with their illness. Whether you work or not, there are various tax credits and deductions for which you may be eligible. We encourage you to talk to your social worker, and the consult the appropriate federal and provincial government offices for more details information. You can find government listings section in your local telephone directory (sometimes called the "blue" pages).
- Bursaries. Bursaries are offered twice a year (Fall and Winter sessions) to dialyzed or kidney transplant recipients patients to help them pursue their collegial or university studies.
- Summer camp for dialyzed and transplant recipient children. The Spaghetti day, sponsored by The Laval Police, provides children aged 6 to 18 suffering from kidney disease the opportunity to spend a week in a great summer camp adapted to their needs.
- Social events. Social activities are organized by patients and members of their families.