give new wheelchairs to stroke patients who are unable to afford them.Yes We Can Vision 2030


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  • To provide stroke patients with new motorized wheelchairs.

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Some stroke patients suffer from hemiparalysis rendering conventional wheelchairs ineffective. Thus, there is a need for motorized wheelchairs to provide them with independence in their mobility. The Ontario Ministry of Health's Assistive Devices Program contributes a maximum of 75 per cent for mobility devices. However, the remaining cost can be prohibitive for individuals dealing with the extensive cost of rehabilitation compounded with a lack of income due to disability. In addition to recent stroke patients, some individuals dealing with long term effects several years post-stroke will require financial aid to purchase new wheelchairs to replace old, poorly functioning devices. This project will alleviate the financial stress associated with recovery for both the stroke patients and their families. By providing individuals with motorized wheelchairs, we can help remove financial burden and increase the quality of life enabling these patients to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Community Benefit

By providing motorized wheelchairs, we hope to restore some normality to the lives of stroke patients by enabling them to be active members in their community. Mobility is essential to a life outside of the home, which is important in maintaining and creating relationships that can improve morale. In a community like Kingston where there are opportunities for stroke patients (for example the Revved Up Project at Queen’s University), it is critical for these people to have a means of getting involved in these activities and thereby, improving their long-term health. Motorized wheelchairs would allow these individuals to participate in group events removing isolation and creating a solid support system for stroke patients and their families in the community. When people in the community see that these individuals are still active and functioning members, the stigma associated with disability is reduced.

How will the $10K be used?

$ 9,800 To cover the cost of the motorized wheelchairs
$ 200 For travel and long-distance calling costs

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