AADL: What You Need to Know

Pipella Law

January 18, 2017

By providing financial assistance towards the purchase of required medical equipment and supplies, the Alberta Aids for Daily Living program (AADL), assists Albertans with long-term disabilities, chronic health conditions, and/or terminal illnesses to maintain a level of independence in their lives. By ensuring that disabled Albertans are able to afford what they need, AADL helps reduce some of the stresses associated with chronic, or long-term medical conditions.

AADL, which works to defray medical costs, is separate from the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program, which offers disabled Albertans a guaranteed monthly income.

Who is Eligible for AADL?

To be eligible for AADL, you must:

  • Be a resident of Alberta with a valid Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan card;
  • Require assistance because of a long-term disability, chronic condition, or terminal illness; and
  • Not be receiving comparable benefits from another source, such as the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB), Veterans Affairs, Non-Insured Health Benefits Directorate, or a private insurance plan.

What Does AADL Offer?

As a cost-share program, AADL clients “pay 25% of the cost of program benefits, up to a maximum of $500 per family per benefit year.” Low-income Albertans may even be exempt from the cost-share.

AADL benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Back and abdominal supports;
  • Bathing and toilet equipment;
  • Homecare beds and accessories;
  • Most orthotics;
  • Oxygen;
  • Prosthetics;
  • Respiratory supplies;
  • Specialized pediatric equipment; and
  • Walkers and wheelchairs.

ADL does NOT provide any sort of coverage for foot orthotics, eyeglasses, prescription drugs, dental care and/or appliances.

How Can I Apply for AADL?

To take part in the AADL program, speak to your health care provider, call Health Link (dial 811), or contact the AADL program offices directly.

Before applying for AADL, you must be fully assessed by a certified health care professional to determine both basic medical requirements and program eligibility.

Once you have been accepted into the AADL program, you must purchase required medical equipment and supplies through an approved vendor. Lists of approved vendors can be found on the AADL website, or through the program offices. AADL cannot refund the cost of purchases made before you are assessed and authorized, or purchases made from unapproved vendors.

Disability Demands Dignity

As tireless advocates for the disabled both in, and out of, the courtroom, Pipella Law fully supports the AADL initiative. Disability should never be an impediment to dignity and independence.

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