Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) authorizers are health-care professionals who are trained and approved to authorize AADL benefits.
The authorizer is typically a registered nurse, physical therapist or occupational therapist and usually works in a community health-care facility, hospital, continuing care centre or home care program.
Become an authorizer
Health-care professionals who want to become an AADL authorizer must:
- be a resident of Alberta
- be a health professional and presently registered in, and in good standing with one of these professional associations:
- Registered nurse – College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
- Occupational therapist – Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
- Physical therapist – Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association (Physiotherapy Alberta)
- Speech language pathologist – Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
- have a minimum of 1,700 hours (approximately one year full-time equivalent) professional clinical experience. Exceptions may be allowed with the prior approval of AADL
- be employed as a health-care professional for a minimum of 3 days per week (0.6 full-time equivalent)
- not be in a position to directly or indirectly engage in the sale and supply of a program benefit – health-care professionals must disclose any potential conflict of interest to AADL for evaluation
- meet the entrance criteria of the specific AADL benefit they wish to authorize, when applicable, and possess the specialized training required to authorize specific AADL benefits as noted in the benefit sections of the AADL program manual
- complete Module 1 online and attend the AADL authorizer training session
Note: AADL has the right to refuse to grant AADL authorizer status.
Authorization of benefits
Once approved, health-care professionals will be able to authorize AADL benefits in their primary product range. For more information, read:
Authorizer application forms
- Burn Garments Authorizer Application
- Compression Garments Authorizer Application
- Incontinence Supplies Authorizer Application
- Manual Wheelchair and Seating (Level A) Authorizer Application
- Seating Authorizer Application – Level B & C
- Speech Generating Communication Devices Service Centre Application (PDF, 466 KB)
- Speech Generating Communication Devices Authorizer Application
- Power Wheelchair Authorizer Application
To register for available courses, print, complete and return the authorizer application form. Seating is limited.
Applications are accepted at any time. Once your application is processed, you will be notified that you are on the waiting list for the next available authorizer training course. Incomplete forms and/or those without required documentation will be returned and the applicant will lose their place on the waiting list.
Once the authorizer training course is scheduled, you will be contacted to confirm your availability to attend the course. Once you are fully registered in a course, you will be sent a meeting invite and package of materials via email a few days prior to start of the course.
Prior to attending the authorizer training course, it is recommended you review the Module 1 videos as well as the AADL program manual and workshop materials.
Module 1 – AADL general overview, policies and procedures
Module 1 provides an overview of the AADL program, the roles of the authorizer, vendor, specialty supplier and client, the cost-share component and quantity and frequency review process.
AADL Authorizer training videos are on YouTube:
- Module 1.1 – Introduction to AADL (2022)
- Module 1.2 – Authorizers and Authorizing for Benefits (2022)
- Module 1.3 – Vendors and Provision of Benefits (2022)
- Module 1.4 – Specialty Supplier Roles (2022)
- Module 1.5 – Cost Sharing (2022)
- Module 1.6 – Complaint Registry (2022)
- Module 1.7 – Quantity and Frequency Review (2022)
- See the entire training playlist
- Module 1.1 – Introduction to AADL (PDF, 747 KB)
- Module 1.2 – Authorizers and Authorizing for Benefits (PDF, 836 KB)
- Module 1.3 – Vendors and Provision of Benefits (PDF, 741 KB)
- Module 1.4 – Specialty Supplier Roles (PDF, 749 KB)
- Module 1.5 – Cost Sharing (PDF, 831 KB)
- Module 1.6 – Complaint Registry (PDF, 703 KB)
- Module 1.7 – Quantity and Frequency Review (PDF, 943 KB)
Module 2 – Secondary product range
Secondary product range training will be assigned when the authorizer:
- attains full authorizer status for the primary product range associated with their professional designation
- meets additional eligibility criteria including training related to the secondary product range
- completes the online training prior to submitting the application for the addition of a secondary product range
AADL training videos are on YouTube:
- Module 2.1 – Burn Garments
- Module 2.2 – Compression Garments
- Module 2.3 – Incontinence Supplies
- Module 2.4 – Seating Benefits
- Module 2.5 – Speech Generating Communication Devices
- Module 2.6 – Manual Wheelchair Benefits
- Module 2.7 – Power Wheelchair Benefits
- Module 2.8.1 – Amplification Benefits, Part 1
- Module 2.8.2 – Amplification Benefits, Part 2
- Module 2.8.3 – Amplification Benefits, Part 3
- Module 2.1 – Burn Garments (PDF, 760 KB)
- Module 2.2 – Compression Garments (PDF, 794 KB)
- Module 2.3 – Incontinence Supplies (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Module 2.4 – Seating Benefits (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Module 2.5 – Speech Generating Communication Devices (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Module 2.6 – Manual Wheelchairs (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- Module 2.7 – Power Wheelchairs (PDF, 929 KB)
- Module 2.8.1 – Amplification Benefits, Part 1 (PDF, 698 KB)
- Module 2.8.2 – Amplification Benefits, Part 2 (PDF, 605 KB)
- Module 2.8.3 – Amplification Benefits, Part 3 (PDF, 813 KB)
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