Food Preparation and/or Feeding

Tara is a 62 year old client, who had been diagnosed with moderate arthritis which primarily effected her shoulders, arms, wrists, hands.  Being that her work and her previous sports activities required repeated upper body effort, her upper body arthritis was most prominent.  She could walk at a regular pace, though at times required her to reduce her walking activities, her upper body was most restricted.  She was able to lift and carry things, to bend over, and generally take care of her daily needs and chores, but did find that preparing meals was more difficult and taking her longer.  Straining spaghetti, peeling potatoes, lifting pots and pans, carrying plates and serving dishes was more difficult and somewhat painful.  She began cooking less, preparing easier quicker meals, or ordering food in.  

She had never heard of the DTC and found information about the DTC online on BMD Services website and decided to give us a call. We assessed her condition and agreed with her that she is taking more time to prepare foods, and that it was equivalent to three times longer than an average person.  She asked about the “Feeding” category listed in the DTC Certificate, application form, and we explained that either Feeding and/or Food Preparation can be considered.  

We applied for the DTC for her, her claim was initially denied, and we helped her doctor to write a letter to Canada Revenue Agency providing additional medical information and examples of Tara’s daily food preparation restrictions, how she was slowed and refraining from cooking, which was then provided to CRA and her claim was approved for the past 5 years.  She received just over $9,000, and continues to be credited/refunded almost $2,000 per year for future years at income tax filing season.

Lance a 34 year-old client who had been involved in a work accident 9 years prior, which injured both of his wrists, reported that he was taking more time to prepare foods, though his partner most often did the home cooking.  He never applied for the DTC because he thought because he rarely prepared the home meals, he would not qualify.  We explained to Lance that it is not a requirement that they be the main food preparer in the household in order to qualify, and that when and if preparing meals, he would take three times longer than an average person, when he did.  He explained that he would indeed take this additional time if he prepared meals.  We then assisted him with presenting this information to his doctor, and showing that the Feeding/Food Preparation function stated on the DTC Certificate (the application form), could be either Feeding or Food Preparation or both, and that “when” Lance prepared meals he explained that he indeed would take an “inordinate” amount of time, more specifically, three times longer than an average person. 

His doctor originally disagreed and stated that they felt the “Feeding” section of the DTC Certificate was exclusively for patients who could not feed themselves.  We directed the doctor to read that section in more detail and pointed out the definition that stated “food preparation” is also considered.  We then explained in more detail that the “inordinate amount of time” definition allowed doctors to support claims that were not “severe” but rather “moderate”, that patients need not be “unable” to prepare their meals, but instead simply required more time to do so.  The doctor observed these definitions within the DTC Certificate and agreed to support Lance’s claim.  He was approved for 9 years, and received $17,389 in DTC benefits.

Common medical conditions that can cause slowed food preparation and/or feeding and qualify for the DTC:

COPD, Lung/Breathing Disorders, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Stenosis, Tendonitis, Club Foot, Hip Problems, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Foot Injury, Ankle Injury, Knee Injury, Hip Injury, hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder/back injury or disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, Age Related ailments, Asthma (moderate to severe), Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Heart Attack, Stroke, Ataxia, Balance/Inner Ear Restrictions, Dizziness, Vertigo, affective disorders and psychiatric conditions, cardiovascular diseases, infection and metabolic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, neurologic disorders, sensory abnormalities, medications, and many, many, more.  
Be sure to take our Free Instant Online DTC Assessment to determine whether you may qualify, for which number of years, and the benefit amount available for your specific case, for past and future years.  Remember it absolutely FREE!  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE DTC ASSESSMENT.

Making Every Canadian Count: How Disability Tax Credits and Benefits Help Average Canadians

Life can be hard enough without having to worry about financial struggles. But for Canadians with certain disabling conditions, life can be even more difficult. They are often ineligible for certain benefits and may believe they have no other options. The good news is that help is available in the form of Disability Tax Credits (DTC) and other disability-related benefits. This case study carousel dives into how these credits and benefits help Canadians with limiting conditions live better lives.

Children’s DTC Claims

Children who are restricted in any of the listed DTC “basic activities of daily living” categories (described in our case studies in this section) can qualify for the DTC as well.  There is not age limit for this program, where young and old can qualify.  The key difference is


People who are diabetic generally fall within two main groups within the DTC qualifying criteria, those who insulin dependant and those who are not.  For diabetics who are Type I diabetic, or insulin-dependant (also know as Juvenile Diabetes), the DTC may be applicable to them based on the “Life

Mild Restrictions (Cumulative Effects of 2 or More Functions)

Many people and their medical practitioners are not aware that patients with mild restrictions may qualify for the DTC.  The DTC qualifying criteria define three different levels of restrictions may each qualify.  The first two are defined under the “Markedly Restricted” definition, as patients who are EITHER “unable” to

Mental Functions

Matthew was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD when he was a child, and is now 32 years-old. He is married, has two children, and is working full-time.  He was on medication when he was younger but found that the medication made him feel very groggy and “not himself”, so he stopped

Dressing Restrictions

Elaine is a 70 year-old with lower back disorder.  She is generally able to walk at a regular pace, yet finds that bending over is particularly difficult for her.  As a result she takes more time to dress. This includes her morning dressing routine, such as putting on her

Food Preparation and/or Feeding

Tara is a 62 year old client, who had been diagnosed with moderate arthritis which primarily effected her shoulders, arms, wrists, hands.  Being that her work and her previous sports activities required repeated upper body effort, her upper body arthritis was most prominent.  She could walk at a regular

Bowel/Bladder (Increased Frequency in the washroom)

Beverley is a 22-year-old who has Crohns Disease.  She was diagnosed with her condition 4 years earlier, though was symptomatic for 6 years prior to her diagnosis.  Prior to her diagnosis and treatment, she was having 10-15 bowel functions a day, with very loose and uncontrolled bowel movements, often

Walking (Slowed Walking)

Samuel was an active 40-year-old, who played many sports growing up and continued being active into his adulthood.  Samuel noticed that as he aged, his previous and numerous sports injuries were catching up to him.  He stopped playing recreational hockey a few years earlier, then sometime as time passed

Speaking (Moderate Speech Impediment)

Frank is a 32-year-old who has a speech impediment. He has a cleft pallet that causes his speech to be difficult to understand by others. He has partaken in speech therapy to help improve his speech articulation; however, others continue to have difficulty in understanding him.  They will miss

Hearing (Moderate Hearing Loss)

Jennifer, is a 53-year-old who is hard of hearing, and had been informed about the Disability Tax Credit.  She had gradual hearing loss over the years, where her condition progressed such that she required hearing aids 11 years prior.  The hearing aids helped, but she continued to be hard

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