The FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM assists families whose child has a life-threatening / critical condition, focusing on a child’s mobility, health, and well-being. The intent of the program is to help reduce the financial stress that families experience from the costs and challenges associated with their child’s condition. To be eligible for the Family Assistance Program, the child must be:
- Under the age of 20 (from birth until 20th birthday);
- A resident of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands;
- Diagnosed with a life-threatening / critical condition;
- Assessed and referred by a qualified health professional, including but not limited to: Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, RNs, and Physicians.
Support considered under this program may include medically required equipment such as a wheelchair, walker, or continuous glucose monitor; travel outside of the community, including out of province or country, for ongoing treatment; or monthly support for therapeutic resources such as uninsured medications.
All life-threatening / critical conditions will be considered for Family Assistance. A condition could be considered life-threatening / critical if under certain conditions, when left untreated or improperly treated, could lead to shortened life span.
For more details on the Family Assistance Program, please see the HFAD Family Assistance Program Guidelines. If you are a referring medical professional and would like to request an application, please contact [email protected] or call 250-382-3135 to speak to a Program Manager.
Bear Essentials Program
As of April 1, 2021, Bear Essentials is managed by Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.