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AADL – Eligibility and application for benefits

Learn about eligibility requirements for Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) and how to apply for and access benefits.

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Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) helps Albertans stay independent in their communities by paying for basic medical equipment and supplies.

To be eligible, a clinical assessment by a health care professional is required. The health professional determine what equipment and supplies you can get through the AADL program.

There are no income requirements to be eligible for AADL benefits. AADL is a cost-share program. Albertans pay 25% of the benefit cost to a maximum of $500 per individual or family per year. Low-income Albertans and people receiving income assistance do not pay the cost-sharing portion.

Eligibility for AADL

You may be eligible for benefits through AADL if you:

  • are an Alberta resident with a valid Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan card
  • require assistance because of a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness
    • long-term and chronic are defined as being 6 months or longer

Who is not eligible for AADL

You may not be eligible for AADL benefits if you are eligible to receive comparable benefits from another source, including:

  • Veterans Affairs (if you are a veteran who needs help because of a medical condition from active duty)
  • Workers' Compensation Board
  • Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Directorate, First Nations and Inuit Branch, Health Canada. People who have treaty status on or off a reserve receive assistance from NIHB with their medical equipment and supplies
    • If a benefit is not available through NIHB, and if clients are eligible for AADL, then AADL benefits can be accessed.
  • a private insurance plan

Apply for AADL benefits

Before you can apply for AADL benefits, you must first be assessed by a health care professional to determine your basic medical needs and eligibility for the program.

AADL does not reimburse clients, including those who purchase their own medical equipment and supplies before being assessed and authorized for the equipment and supplies.

If you require oxygen, orthotics, prosthetics or hearing aids, your assessment will be done by a health care professional from an approved AADL specialty vendor.

For other benefits, please contact your local hospital or health care centre for an assessment by an approved AADL authorizer, or contact HealthLink for more information on contacting an assessor in your area.

Access AADL benefits

You must buy your medical equipment or supplies from an approved AADL vendor. Approved vendors include some home health care stores, pharmacies, home oxygen suppliers and hearing aid vendors.

  • Your authorizer will provide you with a list of at least 3 vendors or you may choose from the approved vendor list.

Large equipment, such as wheelchairs and hospital beds, is purchased by AADL and delivered to your residence.

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