Integrated Disability Management

When it comes to managing the workforce, the Stettler District Ambulance Association (SDAA) is proactive. By shifting the focus away from waiting until an employee reports a disability to catching it before a claim is even filed, we can save time, money and valuable productivity. One way we make this happen is to take an integrated approach to disability management. Here’s how.

Integrated Disability Management (IDM), not surprisingly, is all about integrating all our coverage options. By bringing various pieces of disability management together, such as short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD), workers’ compensation (WC) and Leaves of Absences, we can be more efficient when it comes to the cost and administration of our plan overall. What’s more, the employee often has a better “customer experience,” and we can provide early intervention, support common case management and support formal return-to-work programs.

Integration also allows for improved tracking of disability data. This allows us to identify trends and can help build prevention strategies

Advantages to integrating benefits can range from financial to operational.


  • Direct program cost savings

  • Reduced lost time

  • Fewer absences


  • Improved tracking of claims and employee absences

  • Simplified process for SDAA and the employee

  • Increased overall employee satisfaction

Ultimately, the concept of Health and Productivity Management (HPM) is adopted. HPM includes a health and wellness component into disability and absence management.  The goal of HPM is to support the coordination of effective treatment to reduce the duration of disability.

Employee Benefits


Your well-being is our priority

At SDAA, we understand how important our people are to fulfilling our mission of providing a patient-focused emergency medical service of quality and safety.

Our most important asset is our people; when you are at your best, we are at our best. That’s why we provide a variety of benefits to enhance the health and well-being of our employees and their families.

It’s one more reason we believe life is better with SDAA.


Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Every SDAA employee and their immediate family members have access to a variety of free and confidential support services. The Employee & Family Assistance Program provides immediate and relevant support that can help you take action to achieve and maintain your mental and physical well-being.

Comprehensive Benefits

We provide a comprehensive benefits plan to enhance the health and well-being of our employees and their families.  This includes (but is not limited to) health, dental, vision, disability, critical illness insurance, spousal and employee life insurance and lifestyle considerations.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) provides coverage for health benefits and professional development, the FSA also allows eligible employees to allocate funds to support personal wellness, family care and to make contributions to an RRSP.

Employee Fitness & Recreation Discount Program

Physical activity has an impact on our overall wellness. To make physical activity more affordable and accessible to our employees, SDAA has negotiated discounted rates with the Town of Stettler at Stettler Recreation Center.

Local Authorities Pension Plan

The Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) is a contributory defined benefit pension plan for employees of local authorities in Alberta. LAPP collects contributions from employers and employees, invests the contributions in equities, bonds and other investment vehicles, and uses investment income and contributions to pay pension benefits to retirees

Learning Resources

At AHS we believe in providing access to development opportunities and resources so you can not only do your job effectively but also bring your potential to life. A variety of learning resources are available covering everything from best practice training to leadership skills. Learning is delivered three ways: face-to-face learning (classroom), e-learning and a combination of both called blended learning.