Serving People with Ostomies, Care Givers, and Medical Professionals
The Ostomy Resource Centre provides a comfortable private setting, where people who have had, or are about to have, ostomy and related surgery can obtain literature and view videos related to ostomies. Trained ostomy visitors are on hand to discuss varying aspects of ostomy management and living with an ostomy.
Discover how the Ostomy Resource Centre can help:
- Chat with individuals who are thriving after surgery. They will inspire you.
- Network with others about valuable rehabilitation needs, both pre and post surgery.
- Access one of the largest assortment of literature and videos on ostomy and related surgeries in Canada!
- Share personal questions and concerns with a "trained" volunteer visitor. Arrange a follow-up appointment with a "trained" volunteer visitor at a convenient time and place, if necessary.
Thanks to the dedication of these trained volunteers, who live every day with an ostomy, the Ostomy Resource Centre is continuing to grow in both visitors and volunteers. It is with their vast experience that we can provide to you reliable, timely information to help you deal with all unique situations.
344 Bloor St West, Suite 609,
Toronto, M5S 3A7
We are located at Bloor and Spadina. If taking the subway, exit at the Spadina stop on the Bloor line. Please call if you need precise directions from your home.Telephone: 416-596-7718 or 1-866-285-5948
Please call in advance or email to book an appointment.
Looking forward to seeing you!
THE OSTOMY TORONTO VISITING PROGRAM
This program is offered to support individuals and families who are new to the concept of living life with an ostomy, by providing:
- Reassurance that surgeries can have positive outcomes
- Practical advice
- An opportunity to talk about personal fears and concerns with someone who has “been there, done that”
- Answers to non-medical questions
"Our Visiting Program supports and complements the service provided by the patient’s surgeon and the Enterostomal Therapist." - A registered nurse who has received specialized training in ostomy care.
"The Toronto ostomy community is made up of a group of people who have successfully transitioned to living with an ostomy. We swim, dance, work, travel and participate in activities just as we did before surgery. We believe that living with an ostomy does not define the individual. I travel internationally as an advocate, educating people about ostomies. When I visit someone soon after their ostomy surgery, I want to help them to realize that this is not an end, but a new beginning." - Di Bracken
"Our Visitors are members who have completed a specialized Volunteer Visitor Training Program under the auspices of the national organization, The United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. Ostomy Toronto helped me to get my life back on track after my ileostomy. I definitely recommend having a trained Visitor meet with the person having the surgery, and their spouse or family members." - Lorne Aronson
Wherever possible, Visitors are matched to the needs of the patient and their family based upon:
Type of surgery, gender and age.
The need for surgery, which may result from:
- Bowel or bladder cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
- Diverticular Disease
- Congenital Disorders
- Physical Trauma
- Extrophy or Spina Bifida
How to arrange a visit
There are various ways of connecting with a Visitor, pre and post ostomy surgery:
- In-hospital through your doctor, nurse or enterostomal therapist
- By phone: Toll Free 1-866-285-5948 or Local 416-596-7718
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook – Ostomy Toronto
- Website www.ostomytoronto.com
Our Visiting Program also includes visits for partners, family members, caregivers and friends.
"After my colostomy surgery, a trained visitor came to my house. Soon after, I became one myself, attending many sessions over the years. Help is always available at the Resource Centre where I volunteer weekly." - Muriel Kinnear
Operation of Ostomy Toronto’s Visiting Program
We offer our Visiting Program in the Greater Toronto Area. Visits can also be arranged in the regions of Aurora-Newmarket-Richmond Hill, and Barrie-Orillia.
Ostomy Toronto maintains a well stocked resource centre with books and videos open to the general public.
The resource centre provides a comfortable, private setting where visitors can read books, watch videos, and obtain more detailed information from our onsite volunteers.
For many, the beginning stages of adapting to a new ostomy can be challenging. Ostomy Toronto is here to support you through your transition. Meeting and learning from other people who have an ostomy can help ease many of the emotional and physical changes that accompany this new transition. Connecting with other individuals who have an ostomy can help eliminate the apprehension and possible stigma associated with the ostomy lifestyle.
As individuals who have successfully made the transition to the ostomy lifestyle, we want you to know that you are not alone!