A variety of equipment and supplies may be needed to care for a person at home, including wheelchairs, raised toilet seats, beds, commodes, bedpans, urinals, walkers, sheepskins, suctioning equipment, bath safety aids, overbed tables, dressing pads etc.
Some equipment and supplies may be covered under the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program, extended medical coverage and /or private insurance programs. For more information, see Medical Equipment and Supplies in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory.For information on the BC Benefits Program, click here.
- Home oxygen, including portable oxygen, is available through the Home Care Nursing Program
(requires a physician’s order).
See Oxygen and Oxygen Therapy Equipment Renting in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory.
- Some equipment is available for sale at reasonable prices at the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe in Tsawwassen (canes, walkers, walkers with seats, raised toilet seats, bath seats, shower chairs, Roho cushions, wheelchairs) – these items are in demand so stock will depend upon what is donated. Please call 604-943-4348 for more information.
- Other sources to check are the Red Cross Loan Cupboard (604) 270-4224, Deltassist in Ladner and Tsawwassen (604) 946-9526 or North Delta (604) 594-3455 and the Masons (Delta Branch – 4873 Delta Street, Ladner).
Several Roho cushions, designed for patients who are sitting much of the time and are at risk for pressure sores and skin breakdown, are available for loan.
Room monitors are available for loan so that caregivers can sleep or be in another room and still hear if the patient calls out or needs assistance.