FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oxygen?

Oxygen is a colourless, odourless gas that constructs 21% of the air we breathe. We breathe oxygen into our lungs where it is collected by the blood stream and transported to our organs and tissues.

Who Needs Oxygen Therapy?

Most people who require oxygen therapy have chronic lung disease (such as COPD) and may have areas of lung damage. The damage and inflammation to the airways and the lungs may prevent the uptake of oxygen from the lungs into the blood, thus depriving the organs and tissues of oxygen.

What is COPD?

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Over time it damages the airways and air sacs in the lungs which make it difficult to move air in and out. It is a chronic long-term lung disease often caused by smoking. The most common symptoms of COPD are: a chronic cough, shortness of breath, and coughing up phlegm or mucus.

Can I Get Help With Oxygen Funding and the Cost?

In Alberta, funding may be available through Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) for basic oxygen services, for those who meet certain criteria. If you have been prescribed home oxygen by your physician, then contact CRC to discuss your oxygen needs and options.

Other Funding Options Include:

Extended health benefits through your private insurance plans (ie: Alberta Blue Cross, or Group Benefits from your workplace)

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)

Direct Private Rental or Purchase

At CRC we will assist you with funding arrangements to meet your needs. CRC will help you to apply and Direct Bill for any additional coverage that may be available to you.

CRC Main Office

255-12 Street C North
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1H 2M6

Phone Us:

Toll-Free 1-866-315-2954
Phone 403-329-9153
Fax 403-329-9128