Calgary Community Aids for Independent Living
Provides assessment services for medical equipment and basic medical supplies for individuals with long-term needs (more than 6 months) due to a long-term disability, chronic or terminal illness.
Calgary Community Aids for Independent Living (CCAIL) can provide assessment for the following basic medical equipment and supplies, when required for long-term needs:
- mobility and transfer aids (e.g. walkers, wheelchairs, bedrails, poles)
- bathroom equipment (e.g. raised toilet seats, commodes, shower seats, wall bars)
- compression stockings and back/hernia supports
- incontinence supplies (e.g. briefs, pull-ups, liners, catheters)
CCAIL does not provide funding for medical equipment and supplies. Individuals may be eligible for funding through the Government of Alberta, Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program. Visit their website for more information.
Service Providers May Include
occupational therapists (OTs), registered nurses (RNs)
The following are exclusions for CCAIL assessment:
- if medical equipment and supplies are needed on a short-term basis (less than 6 months).
- if you live outside of Calgary; contact Community Care Access at 403-943-1920.
- if you are receiving Home Care; contact your Home Care case manager.
- if you reside in a long-term care or designated supportive living facility; contact your health care team.
- if you are injured at work; contact WCB.
- if you have Treaty Status; contact Non-Insured Health Benefits at 1-800-232-7301.
CCAIL does not provide assessment for the following: diabetic or ostomy supplies, hearing aids, knee/ankle braces, foot orthotics, home modifications or porch/stair lifts.
Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.
Doctor Referral Required for compression stockings, back & hernia supports.
Individuals, or their family, can refer directly for mobility aids, bathroom equipment and incontinence supplies by calling CCAIL at 403-955-6955. You will be asked to provide your Personal Health Number.
There is no fee for CCAIL services, however clients may be required to co-pay with Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) for medical equipment and supplies. Visit the AADL website for funding eligibility information.