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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

How we can help

Our Services

The Resource Navigation Service provides support to SickKids patients and parents who require community information and help to apply for resources to address their healthcare-related costs, as well as other specific needs. We provide assistance with form completion and the gathering of documents in order to apply for several different types of resources. Applications can be a long, hard and intimidating process for families; this service helps minimize this stress by supporting patients and families, allowing them to focus on planning with their care teams and their own well-being.   

For patients transitioning to the adult system, we support the work of the young person’s clinical care team, the specialized providers who are most familiar with adult health providers, and services necessary for continuity of care. We assist in finding community resources and with the preparation of documentation and applications for adult services. Our resource navigators work from a developmentally-informed care model. This means that wherever possible we engage the youth in planning their care and use our process to teach and promote youth self-advocacy.

We believe that by assisting and supporting youth and families in navigating resources, they will be well-equipped with tools to do it on their own when renewals are needed.

Types of Resources:

Some common resources we assist with and information about them are listed below.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities:

  • This is a monthly benefit for children, under 18 years of age, with a severe disability, who live at home, have functional loss and incur ongoing extraordinary expenses related to their disability.
  • Applicants must meet the required income level to be eligible, which is $65,000 or less annually.
  • Expenses considered include, but are not limited to; Transportation to and from medical appointments, specialized clothing, medical supplies/prescriptions not covered by ODB.

Special Services at Home

  • Assists families who are caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability that need help to pay for special services in or outside of the family home.
  • This program focuses on meeting a child’s personal growth and development needs and assisting with family relief and family support needs.

Developmental Services Ontario

  • Program that assists adults with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports within their communities
  • You can start applying for DSO at 16 years of age

Employment Insurance:

  • Family Caregiver Benefit for Children: Provides temporary income support for up to 35 weeks in a 52 week period to eligible parents who take time away from work to provide care or support to one or more critically ill or injured children under the age of 18. (Parents must be contributing to EI through their pay.)
    • Either parent can receive this benefit or it can be shared between parents.
  • Compassionate Care Benefits: Provides temporary income support for up to 26 weeks to people who are temporarily away from work because they have to provide care or support a family member who is gravely ill with a significant chance of death.
    • Anyone that is considered family can receive this benefit as long as they will be providing or participating in the care of the gravely ill person.
  • Maternity and Parental Leave: provides temporary income support for individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, and/or are caring for a new born. Maternity is 17 weeks for the mother birthing the child, and parental is 35 weeks, and can be used by either the mother or father of the child.

We also assist with many other types of resources like; charitable foundations, wheel-trans applications, Easter Seals, CRA accounts, Child Care subsidy, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program and many more. 

Helpful Websites

Ministry of Children and Youth Services 

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Respite services

Community Networks of Specialized Care

Visit your local community/region website for more information on programs and services available in your community.

If you have any questions or would like to meet about eligibility or locating resources, or assistance with applications please contact us.