It is true that the words “impairment” and “disability” can be confronting.
The sections of the two documents that the person’s physician must complete deal with impairments that limit the person’s ability to perform daily activities: at the physical (seeing, speaking, hearing, walking, eating, dressing) and mental (e.g., learning, concentration, judgment, memory) levels.
You cannot force the person you are caring for to ask their doctor to complete these documents, but you can reassure them:
- A physician, medical specialist or specialized nurse practitioner will be able to tell you if they are able to complete the documents based on the disabilities and limitations of the person you are caring for;
- These documents are used by Revenu Québec and the Canada Revenue Agency to analyze applications. They are used to determine the aspects in which the person being cared for requires the help and assistance of a caregiver, for example, to carry out daily activities;
- These two documents will not be used to declare the person unfit. The process to declare a person incapacitated is much more complex and time consuming;
- With these documents, the person you are caring for may be able to benefit from tax credits that may help them. Your accountant can verify if these documents could allow them to access other tax credits;
- This process could also be a way to be recognized as a caregiver by Revenu Québec and the CRA.