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Practical Support & Finances

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Practical Support and Finances

Practical Support and Finances

Cancer brings about a range of practical issues that need attention.

From how you manage your finances, through to employment and what to do about childcare, there’s a lot to think about and organize during an already difficult time.

This page will give you some helpful information to guide you through various options. Should you need more assistance, please talk to your health care team or contact our Psychosocial Oncology Program.

Coping with a Loss of Income

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Having cancer or caring for someone who has cancer may mean that you have less money. Time away from work and unexpected costs may make it more difficult to manage your money and pay your bills. The booklet below gives ideas about how to cope with income loss.

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Transportation & Parking

Transportation:

Various community resource provide transportation.  Here are a few links to assist in finding transportation options.  Should you need more information / assistance with transportation, please contact the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the General Campus at 613-737-7700 ext.70516 or at the Irving Greenberg Cancer Centre at 613-737-7700 ext. 25200.

***Please note that most transportation service need a minimum of 48-72 hours notice to be able to book a ride.***

Parking:

The Ottawa Hospital offers a variety of rates for parking passes.  Please visit our website for more information.

If you require assistance with the cost of parking contact the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the General Campus at 613-737-7700 ext. 70516 or at the Irving Greenberg Cancer Centre at 613-737-7700 ext. 25200.

 

Lodging

Lodging:

If you live out-of-town and are looking for lodging while on treatment here are a few resources:

  • Grimes Lodge
  • Rotel
  • Intern's Residence
  • Accommodation list
  • Most Retirement Homes offer convalescent care or short stays while receiving or recovering from treatment.  If you need more assistance with finding accommodations, please contact the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the General Campus at 613-737-7700 ext. 70516 or at The Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at 613-737-7700 ext. 25200.

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Paying for Medication

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Drug coverage can be provided by your private plan from work, if you have one.  If you are not sure if you have medication coverage, please talk to your employer or Human Resources department.  

There are various other programs that may help to cover the cost of your medications, but you may need to qualify.  Go to these websites to find out more information:

Home Support

    Home Support Services: 

If you require assistance at home through your treatment, there are a variety of private agencies that can provide homemaking (i.e.: Help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, snow removal, lawn care, etc.) services for a fee.

Here are a few resources:

 If you need more assistance with finding services, please contact the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the General Campus at 613-737-7700 ext. 70516 or at The Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at 613-737-7700 ext. 25200.

 

Need help?

If you need more help with your finances and/or medication coverage, please contact the Psychosocial Oncology Program at:

613-737-7700 ext. 70516 (General Campus)

613-737-7700 ext. 25200 (IGFCC)