Home Oxygen Therapy
Ontario Home Health has a proud history of providing exceptional care to our home oxygen clients. Since 1992 we have always made a priority of recruiting the best Registered Respiratory Therapists. It has always been our belief that our people differentiate our services. Our Registered Respiratory Therapists work daily with our home oxygen clients and their families to ensure that they are able to continue to be independent and comfortable in spite of their breathing challenges.
Home Oxygen Funding
In the province of Ontario, the Ministry of Health's Home Oxygen Program provides funding assistance to individuals who have a valid Ontario Health Card and meet the program's eligibility criteria.
Physiologic criteria for Health Care Professionals click Here.
Home Oxygen Equipment
An oxygen concentrator is an electrical device that separates oxygen from the surrounding air. It then purifies the oxygen and delivers it to the user through an oxygen mask or nasal prongs. This method provides a reliable supply of oxygen 24 hours a day as long as there is a reliable supply of electricity.
A portable oxygen concentrator work on the same principle as the stationary unit with a few differences. The portable oxygen concentrators are smaller lightweight and are powered by a chargeable battery. This device provides the freedom to travel outside your home without the need to carry multiple oxygen cylinders.
The Homefill Oxygen System
A more recent advancement in oxygen equipment is the homefill system. This system uses a stationary concentrator a specially designed filling station that allows the user to fill their portable oxygen tanks at home. Advantages include complete independence from scheduled oxygen deliveries and the assurance that your cylinders will always be filled and ready when needed.
Liquid Oxygen Systems
Liquid oxygen systems store oxygen at extremely low temperatures in liquid form. The storage vessels are insulated cannisters that are available in larger home units and smaller units for use outside the home. The smaller unit used for ambulation is filled as needed from the base unit. Liquid oxygen systems provide long usage times and are generally capable of higher flow rates. Use of this system requires regular filling which is provided by Ontario Home Health staff
Compressed oxygen cylinders are high pressure cannisters that provide an oxygen supply for use in case of power outages and in some cases as a portable system. When used with conserving devices, their duration of use can be extended although systems needed for extended periods outside the home can be heavy and cumbersome.