Home support: criteria now stricter

Home support: criteria now stricter
Home support: criteria now stricter

If you temporarily need additional equipment after surgery that affects your mobility, you may have to do without help from the integrated university health and social services center (CIUSSS) of Saguenay-Lac-Saint -Jeans.

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Its new home support policy is indeed stricter and it could result in additional costs.

Two weeks ago, a person with temporary loss of mobility or autonomy after surgery could borrow free crutches, a walker or a bathing support, for example, under the home support program. However, the CIUSSS will only lend this equipment if the patient is being monitored by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist on the urgent recommendation of the doctor.

“It’s the equivalent of a privatization of the service,” laments the president of the paratechnical staff union affiliated with the CSN, Olivier Côté. “The comments we have are that many patients are disappointed.”

Patients who do not meet the CIUSSS criteria are invited to turn to community pharmacies, specialized stores or even big box stores, such as Canadian Tire, Canac and Potvin-Bouchard.

The Orthotics Or Paire business, very close to the Jonquière hospital, now offers the possibility of renting the equipment.

“I added inventory to prevent it from costing customers too much,” explains the owner, Chantal Veilleux.

By adopting this new policy, the CIUSSS respects the will of the Quebec government.

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