What is Post-Polio Syndrome?
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from an initial acute attack of the poliomyelitis virus. It is mainly characterized by new weakening in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection and in muscles that seemingly were unaffected. On average, it affects individuals 30 to 40 years after their initial illness occurred.
Symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome
Symptoms of post-polio syndrome include slowly progressive muscle weakness, fatigue (both generalized and muscular), and a gradual decease in the size of muscles also known as muscle atrophy. Other symptoms include breathing or swallowing problems, sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, and a decreased tolerance of cold temperatures.
Available Treatments for Post-Polio Syndrome
The first treatment available is energy conservation which involves pacing ones physical activity and having frequent rest. Assistive devices such as a cane, walker, wheelchair, or moto scooter can help a person to conserve energy. Another treatment is physical therapy which involves exercises prescribed to strengthen muscles without tiring them out. A third treatment is speech therapy which is conducted by a speech therapist with voice exercises. Sleep apnea treatment is also used and can include things like changing one’s sleep patterns. Lastly, medications are available such as pain relievers including Aspirin, Tylenol, and Advil.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Post-Polio Syndrome
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Post-Polio Syndrome
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.