A person is considered markedly restricted in feeding 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 feed themselves.
  • This is the case all or substantially all the time (at least 90% of the time).

Devices for feeding include modified utensils, and other such devices.

Feeding yourself does include preparing food, except when the time spent is related to a dietary restriction or regime, even when the restriction or regime is needed due to an illness or medical condition.

Feeding yourself does not include identifying, finding, shopping for or obtaining food.

Examples for feeding

Example 1

Patricia needs tube feeding at least 90% of the time.

Example 2

Michael takes an inordinate amount of time to prepare meals and to feed himself on a daily basis, due to significant pain and decreased strength and dexterity in the upper limbs.

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Alternative formats: MPG4, WEBM

For some people, feeding themselves may pose a significant challenge: for instance, the ability to eat a bowl of soup successfully.

In the first example, a person is eating a bowl of soup at an average speed and with relative success.

In this first example, the individual would not qualify for the disability tax credit (DTC).

In the second example, the person is eating the soup at a reasonable pace, but with the aid of a modified utensil.

In this second example, the individual would not qualify for the DTC because 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, because of physical impairments, cannot successfully eat the bowl of soup as it takes an inordinate amount of time to do so.

In this third example, the person would qualify for the DTC.

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