Here is some information that can be found on the website of Via Rail regarding seniors with difficulty walking:

Passengers who cannot travel alone without a Support Person may travel with a companion capable of providing the required assistance. The Support Person must be at least 12 years old and travels free in the same class of service. 

Where necessary, the companion is expected to assist VIA personnel in boarding and disembarking the passenger and in helping the passenger move about while on board.

To take advantage of this privilege, there are two options described here:

Certain home policy insurances include the Aladin Program; the former offers free access to multiples services following a hospitalization.

  • Hotline;
  • Legal assistance;
  • Emotional support;
  • Home support;
  • Nursing;
  • Housekeeping;
  • Babysitting.

Marielle Savard never used those services so one would have to check if there are fees for materials etc.

Founded in 1990, the Centre de soutien entr’Aidants’ mission is to assist and support caregivers who care for an elderly loved one in Greenfield Park, Saint-Hubert, Vieux-Longueuil-LeMoyne sector, Brossard, Saint-Lambert.

Services include individual support, conferences, training, respite, and support groups.


  • Prophagia Inc created a patented technology, Epikura adapted texture foods, the solution to the malnutrition subsequent to dysphagia. Epikura provides a nutritious diet for people who suffer from eating or having trouble chewing. Marielle Savard’s mother started to eat again after the purchase of Epikura. They can be delivered for a little extra. There is a variety of items, which taste good and have appealing names. 
  • Marielle Savard recommends incontinence products from Healthwick. Shipping is fast and they sell high-end products that are not available in drugstores.
  • If you care for someone who has her teeth but can’t spit after brushing her teeth, Mi-Paste can be swallowed without irritating the stomach. There are different flavors and you can have fluoride (Mi-Paste Plus) or not. It is not sold in drugstores. One has to buy it from the dentist.

You can buy a cushion for portable toilets.

Gel cushion for the portable toilet

It can be ordered at MCL, Equipements Adaptés.