TECHNICAL AIDS AND OTHER COSTS
1. Locomotive apparatus:
(1) the cost of acquiring, renewing or leasing canes, crutches, walkers and their accessories;
(2) the cost of leasing a manually propelled wheelchair;
(3) the cost of leasing a motorized wheelchair where the worker is unable to use his upper limbs to move the wheelchair or where the physician in charge of him attests that it is contraindicated for him to use a manually propelled wheelchair.
2. Daily life aids:
The use of daily life aids may be recommended by the occupational therapist or physiotherapist to whom the physician in charge of the worker referred him.
(1) Adapted objects:
The cost of purchasing aids for eating, dressing, personal hygiene care or household activities, made or modified for use by a worker having sustained an employment injury; such aids include jar openers, stocking-pullers, long-handled combs or brushes, buttoners or other similar objects;
(2) Transfer aids:
The cost of leasing the following transfer aids:
(a) hydraulic, electrical or mechanical patient lifters;
(b) seat lifters for the bathtub;
(c) armchairs for the bath and shower;
(3) Bathroom apparatus:
(a) The cost of purchasing the following bathroom apparatus:
iii. elevated toilet seats;
iv. safety handles and grabs;
(b) The cost of leasing the following apparatus:
i. commodes and their accessories;
ii. shower chairs;
(4) Hospital beds and accessories:
The cost of leasing a hospital bed and its accessories, namely, bedboards, a bed table, a bed cradle, a trapeze and a footstool.
The cost of leasing an electrical hospital bed is assumed only where the worker has no-one to position his bed for him and he is capable of positioning an electric bed by himself.
3. Therapeutic aids:
(1) Transcutaneous nerve stimulators (T.E.N.S.);
(2) Epidural and intra-thalamic nerve stimulators:
The cost of purchasing those apparatus;
(3) Other therapeutic aids:
The cost of purchasing the following therapeutic aids:
(a) accessories for the prevention and treatment of bed sores such as a sheepskin, a mattress and a cushion, an elbow pad, a foot-drop splint, a heel pad and a donut;
(b) corsets, collars and splints;
(c) exercise equipment such as the following, used in the home as part of an active occupational therapy or physiotherapy program: exercise balls, a balloon, an elastic band, plasticine, a system of pulleys for shoulder ankylosis, weights for the wrist or ankle, a sandbag with a velcro fastener, a fixed resistance exercise apparatus, and a set of light weights under 5 kg;
(d) compressive clothing;
(e) lumbar belts and hernia bandages;
(f) cervical traction devices with dead weights;
The cost of leasing the following aids:
(a) muscular nerve stimulators;
(b) osteosynthesis apparatus;
(c) continuous passive motion machines (C.P.M.).
4. Communication aids:
(1) The use of the following communication aids must be recommended by a speech therapist to whom the physician in charge of the worker referred him:
(a) the cost of purchasing imagers;
(b) the cost of purchasing communication boards.
(2) The cost of leasing the following auditive aids in the case of temporary bilateral deafness, if the worker sends the Commission a recommendation for use by an audiologist to whom the physician in charge of the worker referred him:
(a) telephone amplifiers;
(b) an environmental sound control system.
(3) Any other technical communication aid on prior authorization by the Commission.
5. Extricating equipment:
The cost of using extricating equipment where the worker’s condition so requires because of an employment injury sustained outside his employer’s establishment or away from a construction site.
The costs incurred for the use of extricating equipment are refundable, up a maximum of $360. Where the distance to be travelled is more than 50 km, the refund is increased by a maximum of $1,75 per kilometre travelled to transport the extricating equipment to the site of the accident.
6. Long distance calls:
The long distance calls made by a worker admitted to and sheltered in an institution within the meaning of the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2) or the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons (chapter S-5), because of an employment injury, up to a maximum of $10 per week insofar as the worker is sheltered.