A person is considered markedly restricted in dressing if, even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices, they meet both of the following criteria:

  • They are unable or take an inordinate amount of time to dress themselves.
  • This is the case all or substantially all the time (at least 90% of the time).

Devices for dressing include specialized buttonhooks, long-handled shoehorns, grab rails, safety pulls, and other such devices.

Dressing yourself does not include identifying, finding, shopping for or obtaining clothing.

Examples for dressing

Example 1

Due to pain, stiffness, and decreased dexterity, Paul takes an inordinate amount of time to dress himself on a daily basis.

Example 2

Peter cannot dress himself without daily help from another person.

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For some people, it may be that the act of getting dressed or undressed presents a significant challenge.

In the first example, the person is able to put on shoes without any help and leave the room.

In this first example, the person would not qualify to receive the disability tax credit (DTC).

In the second example, the person is using a device to help put on the shoes.

In this second example, the individual would not qualify for the DTC, as the individual is able to complete the activity with the use of an aid without taking an inordinate amount of time.

In the third example, the person must make several attempts and experience significant discomfort in order to put the shoes on.

In this third example, the individual would qualify for the DTC as it takes an inordinate amount of time for the person to put on the shoes.

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