Programs & Support
Programs & Support
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to patient services, public education, organ donation awareness and communications. NAB offers a range of services that includes information and referral, educational materials, practical assistance and short-term, emergency financial support.
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.
Please call 780-451-6900 ext 222 or 1-800-461-9063 ext 222 to speak to the Kidney Care Coordinator.
Living with Kidney Disease Manual
The Kidney Foundation provides, free of charge, a comprehensive "Living with Kidney Disease" manual 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 English, French, Punjabi, Chinese, and Italian, and on audio-cassette for the visually impaired.
The Kidney Foundation also produced videos, available in English, French, Chinese and Punjabi, which combine the patient perspective with medical information. These are available through the Branch office.
Pamphlets, Fact Sheets and Brochures
The Kidney Foundation produces information pamphlets, fact sheets and brochures on specific aspects of living with kidney disease.
NAB Branch Publications
Additional pamphlets are also available through the NAB Branch:
- Transitions: Your Journey with Organ Transplant
- Living well Cookbook
- Cookbooks for Kidney Diets: A Reference Guide
- E Coli Bacteria: What You need to Know
- Care Partner’s Guide; A Guide for Family and Friends of People Living with Kidney Disease
- Employment Guide: A Guide to Living and Working with Kidney Disease
- Self Advocacy Guide: Take responsibility, Take Control, Take Charge, Take Action
- Exercise Information: Developing Endurance, Developing Muscle Strength, Developing Flexibility
Chinese and Punjabi Pamphlets
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- High Blood Pressure and Your Kidneys
- Diabetes and Kidney Disease
- Your Kidneys
Kidney News and Views Spring 2011
Kidney News and Views Fall 2010 (pdf)
Kidney News and Views Winter 2010 (pdf)
Kidney News and Views Fall 2009 (pdf)
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.
We know that dialysis schedules impact ones ability to retrain or study. Money collected by Paddlers for Parts has been used to establish a designated fund to help individuals living with kidney disease, dialysis or kidney transplant pursue their education. Funds are awarded on an individual basis and according to need. Each bursary is $500 For more information or to apply, contact our office at 1-800-461-9063 or email.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada has 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. To access this program you can call toll free at 1-866-390-PEER (7337) or submit a request online.
The Speakers Bureau delivers Organ Donation Awareness presentations to community groups such as service clubs, schools, colleges, businesses, and sports teams in many parts Northern Alberta. Designed to increase public awareness of the need for kidneys and other organs for transplantation, the presentations give audiences an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the shortage of organs, and how organ donation helps.
To become a Speakers Bureau Speaker, or to invite a speaker to make a presentation to your group, please contact the NAB Coordinator, Kidney Care Services at 1-800-461-9063 ext 222 or email.