Aids to Independent Living Program

Designated areas:

  • Abbotsford
  • Agassiz
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Chilliwack
  • Delta
  • Hope
  • Langley
  • Maple Ridge
  • Mission
  • New Westminster
  • North Vancouver
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • White Rock

Many seniors coping with long-term illness and injury do not have the financial resources required to purchase or rent medical equipment. The Aids to Independent Living program loans health equipment, free of charge, to Home Health clients living in the following designated areas.

Eligible health professionals can call 604-270-4224 (Vancouver Coastal region) or 604-930-9073 (Fraser Health region) to obtain copies of the application forms.  If you are a health professional with a login to our AIL form site, click here

Eligibility

Clients must be referred by an occupational therapist  or physiotherapist and must live in the areas listed above.  Clients must also undergo a financial eligibility test. 

Financial eligibility test

To qualify for equipment, a client must have less that $20,000 in savings.  Allowable income is $20,000 for one person and up to $26,000 for a person with children or a spouse with a disability.

Equipment availability

The program has a stock of both new and used equipment for loan.  Equipment available includes wheelchairs, bathing aids, toileting aids, cushions, floor to ceiling poles, grab bars, walkers, hospital beds and pressure relief mattresses. There is a waiting list for some items.  For a detailed list of equipment click here.

Loan period

If a client is eligible for equipment, it is loaned out for as long as the person needs it.  Program staff periodically check on the condition of the equipment and arrange for repairs to be done as necessary.

Application process

Application is made on the client’s behalf by staff in participating health units.  If a person has not been seen by any of the health professionals listed above, he/she can call the local health unit and ask to be assessed by a therapist for the necessary equipment.  Once the therapist has completed a home visit, an application will be made to the AIL program, if appropriate. 

Palliative Equipment Program

Under a contract with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the Red Cross provides equipment to palliative patients in Vancouver. Click here for further details.

Contact

For more information about the AIL Program:

  • in Vancouver Coastal communities call 604-270-4224 ext. 216, 217
  • in Fraser Health communities call 604-930-9073 ext. 105
  • in Fraser East communities call 604-859-5960

Email: lmr.HELP@redcross.ca