If you or a loved one is facing a critical illness, you can count on help and support from many places. If you are being treated in a hospital or a specialized treatment centre, ask to see a social worker, who can help you find the programs that are tailored to your specific condition in your area.
Peer support and community programs are just some of the ways that the Canadian Cancer Society can help.
Healthy living programs and advice for heart and stroke patients are featured on their site.
Find support groups and help on the Alzheimer Society’s website.
The MS Society provides patient education, counselling, and financial support for MS sufferers in Canada.
The CNIB website is a wealth of resources for the visually impaired.
Many other worthy organizations out there will be able to help you if your particular need is not addressed above. Here are a few of them that are members of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada.
You can also find out what The Co-operators is doing to help health and wellness programs in our communities.
If you want to prepare for a critical illness
Set aside emergency funds
If you have seen a family member or friend go through a tough time with a critical illness, you may be wondering what you would do in similar circumstances. One thing that you can do is prepare yourself financially for such an event.
Investing money in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) with us can help provide you with a tax-free source of emergency funds. A TFSA can be a cushion against the unexpected.
Purchase critical illness insurance
All too often, emergency funds get used for other purposes. To be absolutely prepared for a critical illness, it is wise to get critical illness insurance that will provide you with the funds you need, so you can focus on your recovery.
Add critical illness coverage to your mortgage insurance
Critical illness insurance usually just provides you with a certain amount of money when you are diagnosed with a covered condition. If you have mortgage insurance, make sure you add critical illness coverage to it so that your payments are covered should anything happen to you. Find out how our mortgage insurance product, Mortgage Guard®, gives you more than bank mortgage insurance and offers critical illness coverage, too.