Return to Work Planning
The occupational therapist (OT) will work with the client, employer and other rehab professionals to develop a coordinated rehabilitation plan that addresses the work demands required when the client returns to work. This can include both cognitive and physical demands. The OT then works with all team members including the physician to develop a return to work plan based on the functional capabilities of the client and limitations of the employer.
An occupational therapist (OT) will complete an in-office assessment to review the ergonomic layout of the work space. The OT will observe the interface between the client and the equipment to analyze suitability and make personalized recommendations that consider previous injuries, individual limitations and job demands for the client. If required, the OT will assist to purchase appropriate and personalized ergonomic office equipment.
Job Demands Analysis
An occupational therapist (OT) completes this assessment on site at the client’s work place. Physical, cognitive and psychological demands of an occupation are reviewed to determine the specific demands of the position. Either the client or alternate worker (if the client is unable) is observed completing the tasks of the position and various measurements are taken as required. This invaluable evaluation will provide job-specific and individualized recommendations, facilitate the return to work planning process and guide the rehabilitation of an individual.
The occupational therapist (OT will accompany the client at the work site and collaborate with the employer to provide support for successful and sustainable return to work. The OT will assist with both the biomechanical and physical requirements of the position as well as the cognitive and psychological components of the job. Adaptations to the workplace will be recommended as required.
GDOT proudly provides services across Vancouver Island for private and public sectors, and long term disability carriers.