Specialty wheelchairs at a cost of $3,000 to $5,000 each;
Wheelchair lifts worth $2,000 each;
Scooters that average between $2,500 and $4,500 each;
A trip to Edmonton for a child’s heart surgery valued at $2,000 – 5,000;
“Talking Machines,” at a cost of $10,000 each that enable people who are non-verbal to communicate with words;
Ceiling tracks, worth $1,000 to $4,000 each, to make a person with a disability mobile in their own home
Innovations like ceiling track systems, portable lifts and ramps, funded by the Kinsmen Foundation, are making it possible for people to live at home and still receive the care they need. And with equipment like specialized wheelchairs, electric scooters, vehicle conversions and communications devices, people are achieving a level of independence they didn’t think possible.
When people can’t access the level of care they need at home, they must often travel to health care facilities in other parts of the province or country. And while the medical procedures are covered by health care, the patients and their families must pay for their own travel, meals and accommodations. By easing the financial strain, the Kinsmen Foundation allows families to focus on what only they can provide – love and care.
Across our province, loving care homes have been established with a family atmosphere to provide comfort and care to people with special needs. The Kinsmen oundation provides funding for things like ceiling track systems, specialized tubs, lifts, specialty beds and personal care equipment to make those homes even better suited to provide quality care.
Helping Health Facilities
Every year, specialized medical equipment that is not fully funded by government is purchased in different communities to ensure healthcare facilities have everything they need. Over the years Kinsmen Foundation grants have included:
$43,000 to Deer Park Villa in Ituna for a wheelchair accessible van;
$47,850 to the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region for an emergency room ultrasound;
$50,000 to the Brunswick School Community Council in Melfort for wheelchair-accessible playground equipment;
$80,423 to Elmwood Residences in Saskatoon for tubs;
$125,000 to Camp Easter Seal for special needs equipment;
$159,000 to the Victoria Hospital Foundation in Prince Albert for an ultrasound machine;
$175,445 to the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon for bariatric beds;
$245,000 to the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation for a C-Arm to assist with orthopedic surgeries;