An increasing number of Islanders are being diagnosed with sleep apnea - a condition that causes people to stop breathing when they sleep. This condition can cause a host of other health problems including heart arrythmia, diabetes, stroke, depression and more. Therapy can be very expensive, with CPAP and BiPAP machines ranging in cost from $1,500 to $5,000 - and many Islanders cannot afford them.
The Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program provides assistance to low-income patients who suffer from sleep apnea but are unable to afford treatment. The program relies on the donations of previously owned CPAP and BiPAP machines, and on partnerships with organizations as such local health centers, Sleep Apnea machine providers, Lung Association Nova Scotia and the Dalhousie University Respiratory Therapy program who work together to collect, refurbish and distribute these life-altering machines to Islanders in need.
- Receive a prescription for a CPAP or BiPAP machine from a sleep specialist
- Do not have private health insurance that covers the cost of OSA treatment
- Agree to have machine calibrated to their needs by a sleep specialist
- Commit to maintaining treatment
- Commit to returning the machine if they are not using it, or are able to access a new one
- Sign a contract with the PEI Lung Association agreeing to the above commitments
If you or someone you know has a CPAP or BiPAP machine you no longer use, please consider donating it today! Ask us about tax receipts for newer-model machines!
To donate a CPAP or BiPAP machine, or to learn more about our program, please contact Julia Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (902) 892-5957 or at our toll-free number (888-566-5864). Visit our website www.pei.lung.ca