Eliminating (bowel or bladder functions)

A person is considered to have a marked restriction in eliminating if, even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices (for example, ostomy, biological therapy), they meet both of the following criteria:

  • They are unable or take an inordinate amount of time to personally manage bowel or bladder functions.
  • This is the case all or substantially all of the time (at least 90% of the time).
Examples for eliminating

Example 1

Sarah needs a catheter for eliminating.

Example 2

Albert is incontinent of bladder functions. He spends extra time tending to his elimination, as he needs incontinence pads.

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For some people, it may be that elimination poses a significant challenge; for instance, the ability to personally manage bowel or bladder function even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices.

In the first example, the person enters a washroom several times over a relatively short period.

Three times, this individual quickly approaches a washroom, entering and exiting each time.

While this individual may have to go to the washroom more frequently than others, they are able to manage elimination without difficulties or without requiring an inordinate amount of time.

This individual would not qualify for the disability tax credit.

In the second example, a person is having a follow-up appointment because of ongoing problems with bowel function.

Doctor: "Is your bowel function getting back to normal with the medication and the new diet?"

Patient: "Yes, there's certainly improvement, but I'm still having a few problems."

Doctor: "Any side effects from the medication?"

Patient: "No."

Doctor: "Okay, I'd like you to come back and see me in a month. If things continue to improve, I'll give you a three-month prescription for the medication at that time."

The doctor updates his file.

In this second example, although the individual has a chronic problem with elimination, it can be managed with dietary changes and the use of medication. As a result, the person would not qualify for the disability tax credit.

This third example shows a person requiring assistance to manage elimination.

An individual is in a wheelchair and is receiving assistance by being pushed into the bathroom.

In addition, this individual is also receiving assistance inside the bathroom to manage their elimination, which takes an inordinate amount of time.

In the third example, the individual requires assistance to manage their elimination, and would therefore qualify for the disability tax credit.

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