Lymphedema Care

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction, is a long-term condition where excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling (edema). The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and vital for immune function.

Canadian Cancer Society

Lymphedema Association of Ontario

What is the Assistive Devices Program (ADP)?

ADP, or the Assistive Devices Program, is a program offered by the Government of Ontario that can provide funding for items such as lymphedema sleeves.

ADP can cover 75% of the cost of devices and will directly reimburse the vendor. Patients are responsible for the remaining 25%. In some cases, ADP may be willing to cover up to 100% - such as for patients on social assistance like ODSP.

ADP is available for all Ontario residents with a valid Ontario Health Card. Your income is not considered. Group A Veterans may receive support from Veterans Affairs Canada instead.

For a checklist of how to obtain ADP funding for your lymphedema sleeve, please see our “To Do” list above. For general information about cancer, please select our “Cancer Care” link on the upper left of this page.

Forms and Resources

ADP Information Page

Application for Funding Pressure Modification Devices - form and Information Sheet available
 
Information about The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from the Lymphedema Association of Ontario
 

Local ADP Registered Authorizers:

Peak Performance Health Centre Therapist
Name: Carmen Horvat, RMT Phone #: 519-620-7325
Address: 614 Coronation Blvd, Cambridge ON N1R 3E8
Website: www.peakperformancehc.com
e-mail: info@peakperformancehc.com
 
Grandview Massage and Osteopathy
Therapist Name: Jane Mical, RMT
Phone #: 519-624-4001
Address: 167 Hespeler Road, Cambridge ON N1R 3H7
Website: https://www.grandviewmassage.ca/
e-mail: reception@grandviewmassage.ca
 
You may e-mail adp@ontario.ca to ask about other “ADP Registered Authorizers” in our area.
 

Local ADP Approved Vendors:

Cambridge: Ontario Home health
Address: 1515 King Street East, Unit 116 Cambridge ONN3H 3R6
Phone #: 519-624-7587
 
Kitchener: Motion Specialties Kitchener
Address: 1362 Victoria Street North, Kitchener ON N2B 3E2
Phone #: 855-358-0414
 
Kitchener: National Home Health Care
Address: 148 Weber Street East, Kitchener ON N2H 1C9
Phone #: 519-578-3188
 
Kitchener: The Nu Me Boutique
Address: 815 Weber Street East, Unit 4 Kitchener ON N2H 1H5
Phone #: 519-571-9820
 
Waterloo: Westmount Place Pharmacy
Address: 50 Westmount Road North, Unit D1 Waterloo ON N2L 2R5
Phone #: 519-886-7670
 
More
Please visit Garments, pumps and braces on the Province of Ontario web site to find more or updated vendor information.
 

Community and Support Group Information:

 

Certified Lymphedema Therapists:

Peak Performance Health Centre
Therapist Name: Carmen Horvat, RMT
Phone #: 519-620-7325
Address: 614 Coronation Blvd, Cambridge ON N1R 3E8
Website: www.peakperformancehc.com
e-mail: info@peakperformancehc.com
 
Grandview Massage and Osteopathy
Therapist Name: Jane Mical, RMT
Phone #: 519-624-4001
Address: 167 Hespeler Road, Cambridge ON N1R 3H7
Website: https://www.grandviewmassage.ca/
e-mail: reception@grandviewmassage.ca
 
Crossfit Rebuild
Therapist Name: Nancy Brent, RMT
Phone #: 519-219-3355
Address: 1221 King St E, Cambridge, ON N3H 3P9
Website: https://www.crossfitrebuild.com
e-mail: nancybrentrmt@gmail.com
or: info@crossfitrebuild.com
 
More
For the most up-to-date list of Certified Lymphedema Therapists, please visit the directory at the Lymphedema Association of Ontario
 

To Do:

Click here for a printable version of this list

  • STEP 1: Follow this link to get an “Application for Funding Pressure Modification Devices” form which can be filled out in Adobe Acrobat Reader and then saved and/or printed. At the time this was written, it was the second form listed. There is information about Adobe Acrobat Reader further down the page if you need it.
  • STEP 2: Fill in your information on Section 1 (Page 1) and Section 3 (Page 5)
  • STEP 3: Have your specialist physician (such as medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, internal medicine, surgeon, or general practitioner in oncology) complete Section 2 (Page 1) and Section 4 (Page 5).
    Please note: this cannot be completed by your family doctor.
    If you have been discharged from our clinic, please have your family doctor consult one of our Medical Oncologists to have this form completed.
  • STEP 4: Your specialist physician will refer you to an “ADP Authorizer”
  • STEP 5: Your “ADP Authorizer” will complete Sections 2a and 2b (Pages 1-4) and Section 4 (Page 6).
  • STEP 6: Your “ADP Authorizer” will send you to a registered “ADP Vendor” and a certified “ADP Fitter”. The Vendor may also be your Fitter, or you may see more than 1 person for this step.
  • STEP 7: Your “ADP Fitter” will measure and fit you for your device. Either the “ADP Fitter” or “ADP Vendor” will teach you about your device.
  • STEP 8: Your “ADP Fitter” and “ADP Vendor” complete Section 4 (on page 6). The form should now be complete.
  • STEP 9: The completed ADP form is sent to:
Assistive Devices Program
5700 Yonge Street, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M2M 4K5
  • STEP 10: Your application will be reviewed within 6-8 weeks. If your application is rejected, you will be notified in writing. If your application is accepted, ADP will let your “ADP Vendor” know. Your “ADP Vendor” will then contact you. If you choose to order your device before your application is reviewed, you will be responsible for the entire cost if the application is denied.