Sometimes an injury or occupational disease can affect your ability to return to a previous job. That's where vocational rehabilitation comes in. It's a collaborative process that helps you safely transition back to the job you were doing, or to other suitable employment.
Benefits of vocational rehabilitation
If you're injured on the job, one of the best things you can do for your recovery is to return to work as soon as it's safe to do so. Studies show that getting back to work can help your recovery. You'll benefit physically, emotionally, and socially.
Returning to work is an important part of your rehabilitation process. Going back to your daily work and activities can help you recover more successfully. It also reduces your chance of developing a long-term disability.
How we help you
In most instances, your case manager will refer you for vocational rehabilitation if it appears you will have difficulty returning to work, or if your job is no longer available to you because of your injury. You will then collaborate with a vocational rehabilitation consultant, who assesses your needs and determines appropriate levels of assistance. Together, you'll develop your vocational rehabilitation plan to help you return to work.
We partner with you to help you:
- Return to work with your employer
- Identify a suitable return-to-work goal for employment with a new employer if it is not possible for you to return to work with your existing employer
- Get safely back to suitable, long-term work