Alberta Health Services

Edmonton Zone - Community Aids for Independent Living

Helps people who have a chronic health condition or disability get basic medical aids and equipment.

Community Aids to Independent Living (CAIL) is a team of healthcare providers working in the community to help people access basic medical supplies, aids and equipment that is primarily funded by the Alberta Aids to Daily Living program (AADL).

CAIL specializes in home safety assessments, providing education and equipment to maintain individuals' safety and independence; Comprehensive Lower Leg Assessments, providing education about chronic venous insufficiency and lymphedema as well as aids for edema management; and clinical assessments to qualify for AADL medical surgical supplies such as incontinence, ostomy and catheter products.

This program is eligible to people who have a chronic medical condition or a disability for longer than six (6) months. The CAIL team deliver services at home visits, equipment vendor sites, or a site clinic. Health providers work with individuals to assess need for long term medical supplies and/or equipment and determine AADL funding eligibility. Alternate funding sources may be explored as needed. Some examples of medical supplies and equipment include:

  • Mobility aids
  • Bathroom safety equipment
  • Compression stockings
  • Incontinence products
  • Ostomy products
Affiliation: Government of Alberta Ministry of HealthKey Provider: occupational therapists (OTs), occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), registered nurses (RNs)
Yes, Must have a chronic health condition or disability of 6 months or longer
Application Process
Service Access: Professional Referral Required, Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.Referral Process: N/A

Waiting Period: Yes,

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.

780-496-1300 (Community Care Access)
Fee: Yes,

There is no fee for clinical service.

The CAIL team helps individuals access equipment primarily through the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program. As per AADL, clients pay 25% of the cost of their aids or equipment, up to $500 a year per family. Individuals need to pay extra if they choose a product or piece of equipment that exceeds the cost of what AADL covers.

Fee Reduction: Yes,

Individuals may be eligible for full coverage depending on their taxable income and if they are accessing social assistance programs i.e. AISH

Membership Fee: N/A
Wheelchair access: Yes - EntranceOther disabled access: Yes - Washrooms
Last Updated On
September 16, 2021
11111 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5K 0L4

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Hours of Operation
08:00 AM - 04:15 PM
08:00 AM - 04:15 PM
08:00 AM - 04:15 PM
08:00 AM - 04:15 PM
08:00 AM - 04:15 PM