Compression Therapy, AADL (Aids to Daily Living), NIHB, Easter Seals Alberta & Fall Prevention
Calmedi Home Care & Medical Stockings has been working in partnerships with various Doctors, Specialists, Home Care Nurses, Foot Clinics ( a branch of AADL) for over ten years. Unlike other stores where there is a high turnover of fitters, our store has two main fitters; one for eleven years and the other for nine. Product knowledge of all different makes; what make one a better fit for the unique patient is critical. We service crews of all major airlines including West Jet, Air Canada, and Sunwing. All the airlines have very strict conditions and requirements for the uniforms worn by their staff - especially Flight Attendants. We stock all the styles and colors required. In cases where special sizing is required, we order such items via express delivery and usually have them in the store for delivery within 3 days. (Subject to suppliers having the item in stock).
Compression Stockings come in two main classifications: Off-The-Counter and Prescription graduated compression usually from 5 mmHg to 20 mmHg for pressure. Prescription stockings have graduated compression of 20 to 60mm Hg - the most popular being 20-30 mmHg. While nonprescription graduated stockings do not need fitting, all prescription stockings have to be fitted. Prescription stockings are GST exempt with Doctors prescriptions. Due to their great assistance in promoting active health at work places, most of the private insurances (through work or other private plans) cover several pairs per year. Please contact your insurance company for your coverage.
We have trained and certified fitters on board; one being the co-owner. She has been providing personalized service for over ten years. She deals with over five different suppliers. Her experience over time enables her to best fit the needs of the clients based on compression, style, height, type of feet and shape of the feet. All graduated compression stockings come in knee high, thigh high and pantyhose. Some have the further option of the open toe and closed toe. Every supplier has unique styles, fashion and fits. That's why Calmedi prides itself to offer the best service to assist clients to best fit based on their unique requirements.
Compression stockings are covered by most of the private insurances. We strongly recommend our clients to inquire with their insurances for a number of stockings coverage. As for others, they may qualify for government assistance via AADL program. Patients have to go to Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre or other designated foot clinics to have themselves assessed. Qualified patients get authorizations for stockings which then goes into AADL data base. The next process is to wait until their name appears in the data base before we can dispense stockings.
The best time to do fittings is in the morning between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. This is so that the feet are less swollen to get the correct measurements. In event of people not being able to book within those hours, we ask patients to sit in the store for 15 minutes with their feet elevated to bring up the blood from the lower feet.
We recommend patients to book an appointment for fittings.
Read more for general info on graduated stockings.
AADL Benefit Program
The Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program helps Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness to maintain their independence at home, in lodges or group homes by providing financial assistance to buy medical equipment and supplies.
An assessment by a health care professional determines the equipment and supplies that an Albertan can receive through this program. Albertans pay 25% of the benefits cost to a maximum of $500 per individual or family per year. Low-income Albertans and those receiving income assistance are exempt from paying the cost-sharing portion.
Calmed is one of the AADL vendors for Calgary region. Please call us to find out how to apply. We do not qualify for recyclable products through AADL such as wheelchairs, wheeled shower commodes, and beds. We do however sell them to private clients obtaining funding through private insurance (through their company or private plans) or WCB. As part of AADL authorization process, clients can request which vendor they prefer
to get their supplies from (client's choice). Clients usually choose the vendors they are familiar with or who are close by to their residence. This way they can get timely service and assistance. Note that assessment usually take 6-10 weeks from the time the call to AADL is made.
Items CalMedi is authorized and covered under AADL program are:
- 2 and 4 wheeled walkers
- Bath and toilet aids
- Super poles
- Bed Rails
- Commodes wheeled and stationary
- Compression Stockings
- Incontinent supplies
Allowable items – Special Needs Assistance
The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program provides a lump sum payment to eligible low-income seniors. A senior's income level and the type of item applied for will determine the amount funded.
Items normally funded by the program include appliances, minor home repairs and some health and personal supports. The maximum assistance available is $5,000 in a benefits year.
Some items are not covered, including vacations, gifts to family, and cosmetic home renovations such as upgrades, re-decorating or landscaping.
Which items are not funded
Special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have special circumstances, please explain it on a separate page and attach it with your documentation.
LIFT CHAIRS are covered under this program. Please call our store personnel for assistance in applying for the funding.
NIHB First Nations and Inuit
The NIHB Program offers coverage for a range of Medical Supplies and Equipment items.
Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits must be prescribed by:
- A physician;
- A nurse practitioner for certain medical supplies and equipment items, such as bandages, ostomy supplies, wheelchairs; or
- A health professional licensed to prescribe by a province or territory and recognized by the Health Canada NIHB Program.
Easter Seals Alberta
The Easter Seals Alberta Program provides specialized mobility equipment for individuals with physical disabilities. Our program makes it possible for clients to acquire power wheelchairs, scooters, and adaptive equipment for home and vehicle.
Falls is the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency rooms across Canada. The fastest growing group represents 12.6% of the population. 35-40% of adults 65+ in good health fall at least once per year. Falls is the primary cause of deaths in people over the age of 65. In people 65+, falls are cause of death in 75% of incidences. Falls are also the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury in the older population. Read more on Fall Prevention.
Some medical equipment and supplies are also covered by private insurance. Clients are advised to inquire
their insurance agency about the coverage.