We are pleased to partner with various community providers to enable us to provide appropriate equipment quickly and efficiently.
SelfCare is an established, full service medical equipment supplier that provides necessary medical equipment for patient comfort and caregiver safety. Flexibility is the key to SelfCare’s service and we work with families and the Health Authorities to provide equipment to make care in the patient’s own home easier. With 3 locations and the largest selection of rental equipment in the lower Mainland, SelfCare ensures delivery of equipment within 24 to 48 hours.
SelfCare partners with Vancouver Coastal Health and the Fraser Health Authority to provide SelfCare rental equipment at no charge to patients based on assessed needs that meet the criteria set for funding. Eligibility is determined on a palliative performance scale.
However, the patients and their families may choose to obtain medical equipment before assessed as appropriate to improve comfort, provide caregiver safety, and simplify care in the home. Later, when the patient is eligible for funding, the rental costs can be seamlessly transferred to the Health Authority.
Basic necessary funded equipment includes:
- Hospital beds and pressure redistribution mattresses
- Mechanical lifts with slings which may include ceiling lifts with installation
- Commodes, transfer boards, bath seats, floor-to-ceiling poles, wheelchair shower chairs *
- Walkers* Cupboard.
- Manual wheelchairs
(Note * – only provided if not available from the Red Cross Loan)
Other unfunded rental equipment available from SelfCare which may be helpful includes:
- Overbed tables, bed assist rails, and crutches
- Lift chairs (comfortable chairs that have power lift and recline)
- Bath lifts, power wheelchairs or scooters
SelfCare can also provide:
- Grab bars, hand held showers, long handled sponges
- Fitted sheets for hospital beds
- Home delivery of incontinence products and free samples
- Urinals, bedpans, protective bed pads and canes
- And a full compliment of other equipment and supplies
A patient’s ongoing need for palliative care supplies and equipment is assessed at least monthly by the Health Authority. If the patient no longer needs palliative care, the Health Authority may remove the funding from the rental equipment. At that point, SelfCare simply arranges for the patient or family members to pay for the equipment rentals or purchase the equipment at a reduced price.
What is ultimately most important is that the patient feels comfortable and the families and caregivers have the support that they need. SelfCare is there to provide that support.