The AdvoCare concept grew out of the trying experiences Mr. Ron Pocklington and his family encountered along with the problems and challenges that they faced in over 20 years of providing homecare and trying to give a respectable quality of life to his son, Andrew. At age 4, young Andrew Pocklington was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The grief and shock of this terrible news eventually led the Pocklington family to resolve that they would do everything possible to give their son a full and rewarding life for whatever time he had.
The many difficulties they encountered were daunting. Problems ranged from basic physical things like lack of wheelchair access in many buildings to a sometimes seemingly intransigent and over-extended healthcare system that simply not geared to the needs of the disabled. The family devised their own way to not only cope, but to overcome these problems. Mr. Pocklington spoke out on behalf of his son and others in similar situations and began making more and more people in positions of responsibility aware that some things had to change.
Ultimately and sadly young Andrew passed away and in his memory the Pocklington's founded Advocare Canada and vowed to continue to "Advocate for Improved Care and Services for the Disabled". Click here to learn more about Advocare Canada
A Real and Growing Need…
Within our communities and across the entire country, there is a problem quietly growing which, if left unaddressed, will impact us all with devastating results.
The ranks of the disabled are growing, whether through the effects of chronic disease, or through something as natural as a general aging of the population and there aren't nearly enough long-term care facilities in place or planned to come close to meeting this ever growing demand. The burdens placed on our already over-stressed hospital and general healthcare system will be insurmountable.
As the result, the provision of homecare for loved ones by their families will become more and more prevalent and necessary, especially for those with limited financial means.
We also have a situation that sees many assets of medical institutions and installations, being poorly implemented, both in the public and the private sectors, healthcare items such as old hospital beds, used wheelchairs, patient lifts and many countless other appliances and devices are put in storage, scrapped or simply abandoned when replaced by new equipment. This doesn't mean they're unserviceable. as a matter of fact with a bit of maintenance and refurbishment, in most cases these items can be put back into many years of service and what better place is there than in the hands of those struggling to provide homecare to a loved one and can't afford to purchase new?
This is where Advocare Canada is involved. We accept good used homecare/hospital equipment and recycle the equipment supplying the equipment at considerably less money allowing families to keep their loved ones at home.