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The Kidney Foundation promotes access to high quality health care by providing input into the development of provincial health policy through meetings with ministry staff, participation in LHIN planning groups, Ministry of Health task forces; development or written submissions on specific issues and special mailings to Ontario MPPs. Learn more about the Foundation's advocacy efforts and how you can make your voice heard.
Changes pending Jan. 1, 2013 to GTA Wheel-Trans services
Kidney Research in Ontario
Research has led to the development and perfection of dialysis treatment. It has made transplantation the treatment of choice for an increasing number of patients, and has led to the development of the anti-rejection drugs that have made kidney transplants so successful. All of these advances as well as countless others would never have been made were it not for thousands of hours and millions of dollars first being spent on basic and clinical medical research. Researchers are working towards improved means of managing kidney disease, and, ultimately, reducing the impact it has on Canadians. Ontario is home to some of the world's leading researchers focusing on kidney disease treatment, diagnosis and prevention and they depend on the Foundation to fund their important work .
The Foundation is committed to providing education and support, not only to kidney patients and their families but to those at risk, the general public and youth. In addition to our series of nationally published brochures and Living with Kidney Disease binder, the Foundation in Ontario increases public awareness of kidney disease and its risk factors and organ donation awareness. The Kidney Community Kitchen is a new online resource to help provide information on diets and meal planning.
Speakers bureau & health fairs
Volunteers who have been personally touched by kidney disease and are very enthusiastic about sharing their personal experience are involved in our Speakers Bureau. Kidney Foundation employees are also available to speak about general kidney health and The Foundation. Through speaking engagements and Health Fair displays the goal is to increase awareness about kidney health and kidney disease. Contact your local office for more information.
New! You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Alone is a video produced by Confederation College for The Kidney Foundation of Canada and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. You are Not Alone features individuals and their families sharing their personal dialysis experiences. Some of the stories are in Oji Cree, and are being offered in effort to reach out and let you know that You Are Not Alone.
Ontario based educational programs & resources
The Kidney Connect peer support program is available throughout Canada. 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.
In addition to one-on-one peer support, there are a number of Kidney Connect Peer Support groups who meet monthly and discuss a variety of topics of interest to the group participants. Groups are facilitated by trained Peer Support Facilitators and currently meet in Kitchener, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Brantford and Oshawa. Click here to visit our online calendar for a complete list of meetings.
The Chinese Renal Association was started by a group of renal nurses who felt that education, information and support needed to be more readily available to Chinese patients and their families. It now provides two educational seminars each year; community outreach to a wide variety of agencies and facilities that serve the Chinese community; workshops for Mandarin-speaking seniors; fundraising events and a summer excursion for patients and their families.
Due to the demands and time consuming nature of dialysis, many families are unable to enjoy a summer holiday because one member of the family must undergo dialysis three times each week. Camp Dorset is owned and operated by Lion’s Club Camp Dorset Corp. It is designed to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy a summer vacation - with an on-site dialysis unit and activities for the whole family. The Ontario Branch subsidizes the program cost for each patient attending ($200 paid directly to Camp Dorset). Individuals requiring additional assistance must be assessed through their Renal Social Worker.
In 2010, the Northern Superior Chapter, with the support of Metro Lions Club provided a new camping opportunity for the residents of north-western Ontario. The camp, spear-headed by Mark and Stacey St. Cyr, is held on the beautiful shores of Lake Shebandown at the Wilderness Discovery Resort. Patients should speak with their Renal Social Worker at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital for more information.
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, last resort emergency financial assistance when all other options have been exhausted.
Short term Financial Assistance
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 Georgina Rose.
Travel Loan Program
Patients never get a vacation from dialysis. Even when travelling on vacation or business , patients cannot omit their regular three times a week dialysis treatments. The Travel Loan Program is designed to assist hemodialysis patients with the upfront costs of out-of-country dialysis treatments. The interest-free loans are repaid upon the patient's return and reimbursement by OHIP. Applications are made through your renal social worker.