Do you know what kind of equipment and medical supplies you need for your health and who is responsible for the cost? If your parent or caregiver orders your equipment and supplies, now is the time to find out:
Many medical devices need ongoing care and maintenance. Read the equipment instructions or ask your supplier to find out:
Fill and send in the warranty card so the company can contact you if they need to service, recall, or send out a safety notice. Make sure you have back-up equipment/supplies in case of emergency.
You may be able to cover the cost through Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) or another Health Benefits or Insurance program. However, even with AADL and insurance, equipment/supplies can still cost you money. It is a good idea to ask your parents to help you learn about what things cost and how to manage your money.
If the cost of your equipment/supplies is not covered, you have some options:
What can you do if everyone says “no”? Continue to advocate for yourself.