Too many people believe that prescription medications cannot create an addiction in the patient. Unfortunately, this is not true. The National Benefit Authority reminds all sufferers of debilitating pain to work closely with medical professionals to monitor paid medication use closely. Care providers must be prepared to identify drug abuse early to prevent significant internal damage that can occur within the organs in the patient’s body. Powerful pain relief medications are an important part of the treatment regimen for many Canadians. Use of these powerful drugs must be accompanied by other methods that provide relief. A patient with the ability to choose the best pain relief method retains control over the substance.
Certain disabilities are accompanied by chronic pain that can lead to addiction to various drugs. Injuries, some illnesses, migraine headaches, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, arthritis, nerve damage and cancer cause pain in various areas of the body. Drugs prescribed to relieve pain must be taken in the lowest possible doses. Large doses of drugs can cause other symptoms that are considered side effects. Patients on multiple medications will find that certain combinations provide the best relief. A physician must be made aware of all medications that the patient is taking. Drug interactions must be avoided to prevent additional symptoms.
The National Benefit Authority reminds all patients and caregivers to have regular discussions with the doctor to monitor the effects from medications. Consistent adjustments to the prescribed medicines will allow the patient to recognize a change in pain levels of the development of an addiction. Mood changes and the inability to sleep are early signs that the body and mind have become addicted to one or more medication. Chronic pain sufferers feel vulnerable to many environmental factors because of the sensitivity in the body. Taking control of the medications provides hope for the patient.
Aging is associated with the onset of arthritis in various joints throughout the body. The Canada Revenue Agency offers compensation for arthritis sufferers, but preventing the onset of arthritis is a better choice. Unfortunately, thousands of people with arthritis contact the National Benefit Authority for assistance with filing claims for benefits. A daily routine that includes the following actions can delay the onset of debilitating arthritis.
A daily walk is essential to keep the joints moving and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Initial efforts to start a walking routine can be painful if the patient attempts to walk too far in the early days. The first three walks should be about 100 yards in length. After that, ten yards each day should be added.
Calcium absorption is essential for joint and muscle health. Insufficient Vitamin D is the leading cause of many illnesses. Sunshine is an excellent source of Vitamin D.
Optimal body weight
Strain on the joints results when too many pounds are carried for a number of years. Normal weight increases the individual’s energy level, which increases the desire to exercise.
Use of tobacco products has been linked to many serious ailments. Arthritis sufferers report more severe pain levels when smoking.
Practice joint care
A sprained joint must be treated immediately to reduce the inflammation in the tissues. Damage to the joint will cause stiffening, which is the early indication of arthritis.
Cartilage in the joints is supported by glucosamine and chondroitin. Consult a physician about the best method for taking these supplements. Joint pain has been reduced over time as these two supplements are added to the daily routine.
Arthritis sufferers will find relief from the financial affects of the disease on daily life. The National Benefit Authority knows that compensation from the Canada Revenue Agency has helped many people to live with the effects of arthritis.
There is a good reason why agencies like The National Benefit Authority work so hard to make sure as many Canadians as possible are able to qualify for tax credits and other benefits that are available to them. Those individuals living with severe, limiting disabilities are forced to cope with a much higher cost of living than individuals without any serious disabilities. At the same time, they are often restricted in their ability to earn an income.
By making sure more people are able to take advantage of the financial resources at their disposal, it’s possible to ease the burden on disabled persons. Just consider a few of the extra expenses that a disabled person may have to pay in order to function on a daily basis:
- Disability aids
- Higher everyday costs
- Home adaptations
- Increased medical costs
According to a recent review of studies on the cost of living for disabled persons in Ireland and other countries, the increased expenses for the average person suffering from a severe disability often go above the amount of financial support that is available to them. This is why it’s so important for these individuals to get the help they deserve.
There are many benefits of hiring a taxation expert, such as one of the professionals working for The National Benefit Authority, during a disability benefit claim. Whether you’re applying for the Disability Tax Credit for yourself, for a child, for a parent, grandparent or any other dependant for whom you’re caring, the process is complex and often frustrating. In many cases, applications are rejected due to missing information or improperly filled out forms. Sometimes the doctor is even the one to make an error. And what’s worse is that you won’t find out that you’ve been rejected until months later. Working with a taxation expert can help avoid many of these problems.
One of the most important aspects of applying for the Disability Tax Credit is answering all the questions carefully. The problem is that many of the questions are very ambiguous, so you might think you’re filling it out correctly, when in actuality the question was asking something different than what you believed you were answering. With so many questions that are open to broad interpretation, it really helps to have an expert review all your answers, as well as all the answers that your doctor provided in his or her portion of the paperwork. One of the most confusing aspects of the process is the eligibility restrictions limiting benefits to those whose basic activities of daily living are “markedly restricted” by their disability, for example. Many people believe they won’t qualify because they’re still able to work and/or get around, when in fact they do qualify.
It is imperative that you are well prepared and methodical when applying for disability tax benefits. This is where an organization such as The National Benefit Authority can come in handy. They will be there to help make sure you understand all the language of the application, and stay by your side if you are required to defend the information you provided on your application. They can help you keep all your documents organized, such as school records and medical reports. Their assistance may be especially helpful when it comes time to have a qualified medical professional complete his or her required component of the application.
If a loved one of yours is living with dementia, an organization like The National Benefit Authority, which is dedicated to helping disabled people and qualifying family members receive tax benefits from the government, can help to ease the burden of this condition. There are many benefits available to help offset the financial strains of mental and physical disabilities, but you will only be able to receive them if you understand the condition and apply for the assistance. The problem is that many people don’t fully understand the dementia that afflicts their loved ones, nor do they understand what kinds of tax benefits are available to them.
The term “dementia” could refer to any number of conditions that degrade an individual’s brain cells and affect that person’s mental functions. Dementia typically describes conditions that develop as people age. The term encompasses conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s but is not limited to these afflictions. Dementia could have a number of serious symptoms that negatively affect one’s behavior, coping skills, emotional control, memory, mental abilities, personality and ability to complete everyday tasks. Dementia usually begins to manifest itself later in life, particularly after the age of 65, but it can occur at any point in a person’s life. Unfortunately, there are no known cures for dementia, but with early detection and treatment, patients can live a much better life.
Getting Help from the Canadian Government
The Canadian government wants to ensure that the quality of life for people diagnosed with dementia and those around them won’t diminish too much as a result of this condition. This is why benefit programs such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan and Disability Tax Credit are available. In order to qualify for these benefit programs, one must be able to prove that the patient in question is markedly restricted in his or her activities of daily living as a result of the condition’s symptoms. This requires understanding the condition and working with a doctor, and it also requires a great deal of reading, sifting through information, filling out forms and going through all sorts of complicated processes.
The National Benefits Authority knows how difficult this can be and how many pressures you already have on you as a result of your loved one’s condition. Organizations like this are here to help make sure people suffering from conditions like dementia, and the loved ones who care for them, get the tax benefits they deserve.
According to The National Benefit Authority, many disabled Canadians don’t even realize that they qualify for benefit programs such as the Disability Tax Credit. This organization, which specializes in helping Canadians with disabilities, sees countless individuals who have gone years without taking advantage of the tax credits that are available to them or their families. Luckily, qualifying disabled persons and supporting family members can claim retroactive tax credits for as many as ten past years. But first they need to learn if they qualify and go through the somewhat intimidating application process.
The Misinformation Problem
The problem is that many people simply don’t have proper information about the tax credit programs available in Canada. For instance, many people who are disabled but still manage to go to work despite their disability believe that they will not qualify. Their doctors might not even realize that their disability would qualify them for benefits, because so many other programs are reserved for those who are unable to work. This is why it’s best to get a second opinion from an outside agency. A victim of a motorcycle accident may have chronic back pain, for instance, but still choose to work even though he has difficulty dressing or getting around. This person would more than likely qualify for tax credits and other benefits, even though he earns his own income.
Short List of Qualifying Disabilities
There are numerous illnesses and injuries that can qualify individuals for the Disability Tax Credit, so it really isn’t feasible to list each and every one of these possible conditions in one article. This list includes many of the most common disabilities, but should be no means be considered a comprehensive list:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Bipolar disease
- Developmental Delay
- Mental illness
- Learning disabilities
- Chronic pain disorder
- Cold agglutinin disease
- Blindness (20/200 both eyes)
- Heart disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Crohn’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
If you believe you may have a qualifying disability, it would be in your best interest to contact an organization such as The National Benefit Authority as soon as possible. They can help determine whether you qualify and assist you with everything from certification through a qualified doctor to filling out all the appropriate forms.
Developmental delays and other mental disabilities are serious matters for families, but with help from agencies such as The National Benefit Authority, it’s possible to get a little help through disability tax benefit programs from the Canada Revenue Agency. The Canadian government offers a variety of benefit programs for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Tax benefits such as the Disability Tax Credit are readily available. Moreover, families caring for a disabled family member can even qualify for refunds going back as long as ten years if they haven’t been taking full advantage of the benefits available to them. This can be an especially huge help for families living with a mentally retarded child.
How Mental Disabilities Affect Families
Mental Retardation and Intellectual Disability are the broad terms that encompass many of the most severe mental disabilities that affect an individual’s information-processing and other cognitive abilities. Not all learning disabilities are severe enough to qualify as mental retardation, but even milder learning disabilities may qualify for disability tax benefits, since they certainly affect one’s ability to live a “normal” life. When a child suffers from a condition classified as mental retardation, however, it most certainly affects the lives of everyone who cares for that child.
Every case of intellectual disability or mental retardation is different. Some are congenital, and may be evident soon after birth or a little later on, as the child begins to learn at an evidently slower rate. Other cases come about later in life as a result of a traumatic accident. In either case, the individual’s IQ must be below 70 for that person to qualify as mentally retarded. This is not the only symptom or qualifier, though, so families applying for disability benefits must know more than their child’s IQ in order to complete the application process.
Qualifying for Mental Disability Tax Benefits
Some people with severe mental and intellectual disabilities do not completely develop physically, which matches with their slow mental development. Others have difficulty walking and/or talking. The disability may affect adaptive behavior, memory, motor skills, problem solving, social skills, thinking, and many other normal functions that are required for independent living. Each individual will have different symptoms in varying degrees.
Families and caregivers of individuals with mental retardation or intellectual disabilities could qualify for disability tax benefits from the Canadian government, and with help from an expert at The National Benefit Authority, the process of applying for and receiving these benefits should go smoothly.
If your parents or grandparents live with you but they aren’t technically your dependant you probably think you won’t qualify for tax credits – this is false. You may be eligible for a tax credit and agencies such as The National Benefit Authority are here to help you figure it out and navigate the complicated application system if necessary. You may qualify for certain credits even if your parents or grandparents do not live in the same home as you. You provide some qualifying support services to them you have a good chance of getting tax help from the Canada Revenue Agency. Keep reading to learn more.
Do You Qualify?
You may qualify for tax credits in any of the following situations:
- You and your parent(s) or grandparent live alone together full time.
- You and your parent or grandparent(s) live together full time with a roommate or with your spouse, domestic partner and/or children.
- You and your parent(s) or grandparent(s) live together in a dwelling you maintained for part of the year, with or without spouses, domestic partners, children and/or roommates.
In order to qualify for a tax credit, your parent of grandparent must be aged 65 or older at the time they lived with you. In the above situations you will likely qualify for the Caregiver Tax Credit as long as age and other qualifications are met. One restriction worth mentioning is that your parents’ or grandparents’ income may reduce your tax credit amount if they are bringing in income above a certain amount. And, of course, your parent or grandparent must be a resident of Canada. If they come to visit you from their home country for part of the year, this will not qualify as care-giving.
Some Other Situations to Consider
There are a few other instances in which you could qualify for a Caregiver tax credit. If you are living with and helping to care for a dependant relative other than your parents or grandparents, for example, you may also qualify for some tax benefits. In this case, however, you will only qualify if the relative in question is considered your dependant due to a diagnosed mental or physical disability. They may also be able to transfer any unused portion of their own Disability Tax Credit to you if their income isn’t sufficient to use the credit. It may sound complicated, which it is – that is why there are experts available to help throughout the process.