Items funded — Special Needs Assistance for Seniors (SNA) Program

There are 3 categories of special need items which may be funded by SNA:
  1. Appliances/furniture
  2. Health supports
  3. Personal supports

Only the items listed below are funded through the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program.

Note: The program can accept a receipt for an item that was purchased up to 12 months ago. The date of the receipt is compared to the date we receive your claim. You must have been eligible to make a claim when the item was purchased.

Appliances/furniture

Only one of each funded appliance/furniture is considered for either a single senior or senior couple in a lifetime and only one is funded per benefit year (with a few exceptions).

Where you live also determines which appliance/furniture items you can claim:

  • Homeowners and mobile homeowners — all appliances/furniture
  • Renters — bed, microwave, television and vacuum
  • Applicants living with and/or renting from family/friends — bed
  • Long-term care — television
  • Lodge and designated supportive living facility residents — bed and television

Primary Funded Items

Appliances/furniture

The following are maximum amounts. Repairs to funded appliances may also be considered. Please submit a receipt or estimate.

Appliance  
Bed
Dryer  
Washer
Refrigerator 
Stove
Maximum  
$500
$400 
$500
$700  
$700
Notes
Includes mattress and frame.
Washer and dryer may be applied for together in the same benefit year.
Refrigerator and stove may be applied for together in the same benefit year.

All appliance amounts include GST, delivery, removal of old appliance, installation/hook-up and environmental fees.

Health supports

  • CPAP machine and supplies — maximum $1,600 (once every five years) for a non-auto medically required Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine. $200 per year maximum for supplies in any subsequent benefit year. Requirements:
    • a copy of the Level 1 Sleep Assessment Polysomnogram
    • a prescription from physician with fixed pressure setting
    • a receipt or estimate for a CPAP machine
    • a copy of Level 3 if your Level 1 sleep study is 5 years or older.
    • a 3-4 week compliance test from your current machine may be required.
  • Diabetic supplies — receipts or a recent 12 month prescription printout from your pharmacist showing the diabetic supplies purchased are required. Diabetic supplies include test strips, lancets, needles, antiseptic swabs and ‘sharps’ containers. Diabetic supplies do not include prescribed medications. Information regarding the diabetes management method (oral medications, insulin, diet and exercise) is also required. Maximums apply.
  • Nutritional beverages — a medical note signed by a physician, nurse practitioner or registered dietician is required once a year prescribing the number of bottles of nutritional beverages required per day. First time applicants may receive benefits for up to three months based on this note. After the initial three months, funding is determined using receipts. Only Ensure, Boost, Glucerna, Resource, Dairy Thick and Nepro or other brands that are nutritionally equivalent will be considered. Maximums apply.
  • Podiatry — maximum $25 per month for regular maintenance (nail trimming and callus removal). Receipts must include the senior's name, date of service and type of service provided. The service provider's information including name, phone number and signature must also appear on the receipt.
  • Prescription costs — assistance is provided for a portion of the co-payment amount for prescription medications only. Over-the-counter medications and medications not on the Drug Benefit List are not considered. Funding is provided for the co-payment amount you pay above the average of $45 per month for a single senior or one senior couple and $90 per month for a senior couple.
    • Benefits are provided for the current benefit year only. Your previous 12 month prescription printout (Patient Medical Expense Report) from your pharmacist is needed to determine your monthly average co-payment and your anticipated prescription costs during this benefit year.
    • New seniors may provide documents from their pharmacy confirming their anticipated prescription costs over a 3-month period, including Alberta Blue Cross coverage for Seniors, or a prescription printout (Patient Medical Expense Report) from the time they turned 65 to current.

Personal supports

  • Bed bug fumigation — maximum $300. Letter from your landlord, property manager or extermination company (if a private residence) confirming a bed bug infestation is required.
  • Celiac groceries — maximum $600 per year. A medical note from a physician or nurse practitioner confirming celiac disease is required the first time you apply. Benefit is provided for the current benefit year only.
  • Clothing — maximum $600. A medical note from a Health Professional confirming new clothing is needed as a result of weight gain or loss (of 25% or more of the senior’s initial total body weight) within the previous 12 month period due to a causal medical condition is required.
  • Funeral expenses — maximum $1,200. Assistance with funeral expenses is limited to the funeral of a spouse. The surviving spouse must be 65 years of age at the time of the spouse’s death and must be enrolled in the Alberta Seniors Benefit program. Request for a benefit must be received within 12 months of the date of death. A receipt is required.
  • Home Clean Up — maximum $500. To assist with the initial clean-up of a home when a hoarding problem has been identified by a social worker or community based worker or agency. A letter from the agency identifying a hoarding situation and an estimate or receipt for the clean-up is required.
  • Lift chair — maximum $800. Funded once in a lifetime. Not funded when the senior lives in a long-term care facility. Repairs to a lift chair may also be considered.
  • Medical trips — assistance is provided for medical trips greater than 80 kilometers (round trip) to see a medical specialist or for medical testing/treatment. A report from the medical specialist or medical facility specifying the dates of the appointment and confirmation of attendance is required.
    • Medical trips are funded based on a per diem amount, taking into consideration distance travelled, transportation costs, meals and parking. It is not necessary to submit receipts for these items.
    • If you stayed overnight and paid for accommodations, you will be required to submit the receipt. A maximum of $100 per night is funded. Receipts must be in the name of the senior or the senior's spouse.
    • Meal costs are considered on travel days only.
    • A once in a lifetime medical transportation benefit of $85 is available for a senior moving from a permanent placement in a long-term care centre to permanently relocate to another long-term care centre. Medically supervised transport using Alberta Paramedical Services or Emergency Medical Services is considered. Documentation from the transferring facility indicating that the senior requires medically supervised transfer by ambulance is required.
  • Medication administration fee — maximum $70 per month. You may be referred to the Alberta Health Services Home and Community Care Program. Benefits may only be paid to seniors residing in lodges and supportive living facilities. Documentation from the facility stating the monthly medication administration fee and the effective date is required. Benefits are provided for the current benefit year only.
  • Personal response service — maximum $30 per month monitoring fee and $80 installation. An estimate or receipt is needed for installation and/or monthly monitoring fees. Assistance is not provided for internal facility response services. Benefits are provided for the current benefit year only.
  • Relocation of washer and dryer — maximum $800. A medical note from a Health Professional describing the medical condition that necessitates relocation is required. An estimate or receipt is required.
  • Utility arrears — available for each utility (water, electricity and gas) once every 3 years. A disconnection notice (in the senior’s name) from the utility company is required. The utility account must be in the senior’s name.
  • Wigs — maximum $250 each (two per year). A medical note from a physician or nurse practitioner confirming the medical condition is required the first time you apply. An estimate or receipt is required.

Secondary Funded Items

Appliances/furniture

The following are maximum amounts. Repairs to funded appliances may also be considered. Please submit a receipt or estimate with your request for assistance:

Appliance
Microwave
Television
Vacuum
Maximum 
$100 
$300 
$150

All appliance amounts include GST, delivery, removal of old appliance and installation/hook-up and environmental fees.

Health supports

  • Foot orthotics — maximum $400 each pair (maximum two pairs funded per lifetime). Must be custom made foot orthotics.

Personal supports

  • Housekeeping and/or yard maintenance — maximum $1,200 in a benefit year. Assistance is provided for light housekeeping, grass cutting, and snow removal only. A medical note from a Health Professional the first time you apply specifying the mobility/health condition that does not allow you (and your spouse) to do your own housekeeping/yard maintenance is required. 
    • Applicants living with, renting from or paying family members are not eligible for assistance under housekeeping or yard maintenance. Seniors residing in a lodge or supportive living facility are not eligible for assistance with these expenses.
    • A medical note is not required if you and your spouse (if applicable) are 80 years of age or older.
  • Laundry costs — maximum $40 per month ($80 per month for a senior couple). Seniors living in a lodge, designated supportive living or long-term care facility may receive assistance with laundry costs. Receipts or a letter from the facility confirming the charge for laundry and the effective date are required. Benefits are provided for the current benefit year only.
  • Respite care — maximum 4 weeks per benefit year. Respite care (relief for a caregiver) is provided to a senior who lives with their caregiver (spouse or family member) who provides daily care to the senior. The respite care must be provided in a care centre. A medical note from a Health Professional is required documenting the senior's medical condition that requires daily full time care from a caregiver. A receipt or estimate from the care centre is required.