Anyone who needs healthcare equipment to be safer at home is eligible for the Healthcare Equipment Loan Program.
The Senior Rehabilitative Equipment Program is for people 65 and older who need specialized equipment to help them maintain their independence.
You are not able to get these programs if you have a Department of Social Development health card. Social Development has another program to help with your equipment needs.
For the Healthcare Equipment Loan Program:
- You will need a written referral from an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, doctor, nurse practitioner or extra-mural nurse. They will decide the best equipment for your needs, then fax a referral to your local Canadian Red Cross location.
- Your local Red Cross office will contact you to make an appointment to pick up the equipment (if it is available).
For the Senior Rehabilitative Equipment Program:
- You will need a written referral from an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. They will decide what equipment you need, fill out the program form, and send it to the Saint John office of the Canadian Red Cross.
- The Red Cross will work with you and your therapist to have the equipment delivered to your home.
Please remember, you will need to return the equipment to the Red Cross when you’re done with it.