Prosthetic and Orthotic Service

Enabling individuals with limb amputations to live fuller, more independent lives

Description:

West Park Healthcare Centre's Prosthetic and Orthotic Service is a full-service manufacturing facility where certified and specially-trained staff design and build state-of-the-art prostheses and orthoses to improve the quality of life and independence of our amputation rehabilitation patients.

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Clients and patients of West Park's Prosthetic and Orthotic Service are adults 18 years of age and older who have undergone limb amputation and would benefit from the use of an artificial limb replacement, or a neurological, muscular or skeletal impairment where mobility and independence can be improved by the use of an orthopaedic brace.

Service features include:

  • Fitting and manufacturing of prostheses and orthoses by clinicians and technicians certified by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists;
  • Regularly scheduled out-patient clinics that offer assessments and prescription recommendations for a wide range of prosthetic and orthotic devices;
  • Recommendations for modification, adjustment, repair and/or replacement of assistive devices;
  • Authorized vendor (of prosthetic and orthotic devices) for the Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB);
  • For in-patient amputees on the Amputee Rehab Service, a temporary prosthesis is created and carefully fitted during the early stages of rehabilitation;
  • Staff monitor the fit of the prosthesis and make necessary adjustments;
  • Upon discharge from West Park, regular follow up is provided until the patient is ready to be fitted with a permanent prosthesis;

Out-patient amputee and orthopaedic brace services include:

  • A personal assessment of a client's needs;
  • Prescription recommendations and manufacture of prosthetic limbs and orthopaedic braces;
  • Consultations with West Park's orthopaedic specialists;
  • Recommendations for modification, adjustment or replacement of existing assistive devices, as appropriate.

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Type: Amputation Recovery

Funding: The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) will cover a portion of the cost of the device up to a maximum amount for those patients with a valid Ontario Health Card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. (See "Additional Information" for more detail.)

Eligibility: Adults 18 years of age and older who have undergone limb amputation.

Referral requirements:

The Prosthetic and Orthotic Service addresses the needs of in-patients of West Park's Amputee Rehabilitation Service. Out-patients will require a referral from their family physician for assessment by West Park's Prosthetic and Orthotic Service team.

Contact Information:

For further information on this service or to make an appointment, please call the Prosthetic and Orthotic Service at 416-243-3614 or 1-800-350-8706, or email Winfried.Heim@westpark.org.

Additional Information:

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Assistive Devices Program (ADP) will cover a portion of the cost of the device up to a maximum amount for those patients with a valid Ontario Health Card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For more information, please visit the ADP web site.

Clients/patients are responsible for payment of any costs associated with assistive devices, its components, service or repairs that are not covered by the ADP.

For more information about the Assistive Devices Program and other potential sources of financial assistance, please contact the ADP Office directly at (416) 327-8804.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) covers costs associated with therapy and devices for WSIB clients.