How dressing impairment affects a person’s daily Life
For patients with cerebral palsy, this disorder affects their muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. This disorder is the most common disorder amongst children, affecting their daily activities such as dressing themself. Poor motor skills may lead to dressing difficulties such as handling buttons and zipping up clothing. For cerebral palsy patients with severe brain damage, this severity can affect their entire body’s muscle control.For children with cerebral palsy, many find it easier to get dressed when they have proper positioning. This can include being seated on either a low bench or chair. To begin gettingdressed, the child should first practice undressing as it is easier than getting dressed. For example, when removing socks the parent can be of assistance by pulling the socks almost entirely off, letting the child have the final success of tugging their own socks off.
For people in wheelchairs, they may experience frustration when getting dressed on their own. Challenges getting clothes on and off means that these individuals have to compromise on the clothes they wear in order for them to be able to dress themselves. For example, when lying on the floor to get dressed, pants with buttons on the back pocket pose a challenge as these buttons can get caught on the carpet. Also, these people have to purchase clothing that is too large for their body simply because it is easier to get it on and off of them.
For patients who face difficulties when dressing themselves, there are several frustrations that they may experience. Specifically, they have to depend on others to get dressed and undressed. This lack of independence can bother many, which is why there are dressing devices available to regain their independence. Devices to assist individuals in dressing themselves include buttonhooks and long-handled shoehorns. A buttonhook is a small hook with a long handle used to fasten tight buttons. For putting on shoes, long-handled shoehorns assist the individual by reducing the need to bend and strain their body when putting on shoes.
For those who require a caretaker’s assistance when getting dressed, caretakers must be considerate and patient. Rather than making their patient feel embarrassed, they should encourage them to try to dress and undress themselves. Although it may take longer than if the caretaker solely did it, the patient will feel more independent and physically capable.
How you are eligible for Disability Tax Credit for Dressing Impairment
These practitioners, both medical doctors and occupational therapists, are also qualified for patients with dressing impairments. With regards to dressing oneself, dressing impairment does not include identifying, finding, shopping, or procuring clothing. To be considered an inordinate amount of time, it takes them three times the normal time required by an average person to get dressed. Examples of being markedly restricted include being unable to dress oneself without the assistance of another person, and requiring an inordinate amount of time due to having pain, stiffness, and decreased dexterity.
There are several steps involved in claiming the disability tax credit for dressing impairment, and certain conditions need to be met.
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