Programs & Support
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to patient services, public education, organ donation awareness and communications. The Saskatchewan Branch offers a well-integrated system of programs and services emphasizing information and referral, educational materials, emergency short term financial assistance and peer support. For further information on the programs and services offered please contact the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch office.
*toll-free in Saskatchewan 1.888.664.8588
*toll-free in Canada and the US 1.844.664.8588
Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program (LODERP)
In 2006 the Foundation marked a major achievement with the launch of the Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program (LODERP). This program, to reimburse living donors for accommodation, travel, loss of income, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to their gift of life, was jointly developed by our BC Branch and the BC Transplant Society.
Since then, LODERP has served as a model for similar programs across the country and now all provinces offer living organ donor expense reimbursement programs. If you would like more information about applying for LODERP, please contact your local Kidney Foundation branch office. In Saskatchewan, please contact Erin Gray at 306.664.8588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Short Term Financial Assistance
The Kidney Foundation of Canada recognizes that many of the expenses associated with kidney disease are borne directly by patients and their families. In response to ensuing financial hardship, the Foundation provides short-term financial assistance to eligible applicants. This is an emergency service, short-term aid to ease the financial burden associated with renal disease and its treatment. To apply for assistance please contact the renal social worker or local social worker at your renal unit who will submit an application on your behalf if appropriate.
Short Term Financial Assistance guidelines
Kidney Connect Peer Support Toll Free 1-866-390-PEER (7337)
When a diagnosis of kidney disease is given, people can feel overwhelmed and may want to talk to someone who has “been there”. We offer a peer support program with trained, experienced volunteers. To connect with a Peer Support volunteer, please call Suzanna at the Saskatchewan Branch office at 306.664.8588.
Information and Referrals
Foundation staff and volunteers cannot offer direct medical advice but we can provide useful information about kidney disease and treatment options. Information and referral services are intended to guide patients through the sometimes confusing and stressful process of adjusting to living with kidney disease. For further information or to receive copies of our National Publications please contact the Saskatchewan Branch office.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada was created out of a desire to advocate on behalf of those affected by kidney disease. The Foundation continues to be active on national, provincial and local levels to ensure that the concerns of members are heard. If you have an issue that you would like to suggest to the Branch Advocacy Working Group, please email Erin Gray at email@example.com or call 1-888-664-8588.
Saskatchewan Chronic Kidney Disease (SK CKD) Steering Committee
One of the largest ways that the Saskatchewan Branch advocates for its members is through involvement with the Saskatchewan Chronic Kidney Disease Steering Committee. The SK CKD Steering Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Saskatchewan Health regarding policies, programs, priorities and resources aimed at meeting the health needs of Saskatchewan residents who are receiving renal services or who may be at risk for developing a need. The Steering Committee: coordinates and makes recommendations on all aspects of a coordinated Renal Program for the province; coordinates prevention and early detection strategies, including dialysis and renal transplantation.
Public Education on Kidney Health
The Saskatchewan Branch offers public education through a variety of ways: brochures, presentations, Kidney Health Education Days and displays. If you or your organization is interested in education about kidney health please contact Suzanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306.664.8588 ext. 223.