The Work Hardening Program is an individualized program focused on returning persons back to work. The program is designed to minimize risk to and optimize the work capability of the person served. The services provided are integrative in nature, with the capability of addressing the work, health, and rehabilitation needs of the person served. Such a program provides for service coordination and management of the person’s injuries or illnesses. Our multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers includes physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists.
WORK HARDENING PROGRAM
WHO CAN ENROLL
The Work Hardening Program of Care is appropriate for a person served with the following scenarios:
- Physical recovery sufficient to allow for progressive reactivation and participation for a minimum of 4 hours a day for three to five days a week. An exception may be made for hand injuries and other specialized diagnoses to begin at 2-3 hours per day.
- A defined return-to-work goal:
– A documented specific job to return to with Job Analysis
– Documented on-the-job training
– A job title agreed upon by the company and worker, verified and documented
- The worker must be able to benefit from the program. A screening process that includes file review, interview and testing should be used to determine the likelihood of success in the program.
- The worker must be no more than two years past date of injury. Recent literature supports early rehabilitation and return to work. Workers that have not returned to work by two years post injury may not benefit. Exceptions may be made for workers with injuries that have required long-term medical care; i.e., extensive burns, diagnoses requiring multiple surgical procedures.
This program of care has some exclusion criteria, which are significant red flags that may prevent the individual from being eligible to partake in this program. Please consult a healthcare practitioner or contact us to confirm eligibility.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE PROGRAM
The duration of the Work Hardening Program of Care is determined after the initial assessment and is dependent on the needs of each individual person served, including the severity of the injury and may vary based on factors which may delay recovery.
To be discharged from the Work Hardening Program, one or more of the following criteria must be met:
- The worker has reached the goal stated in the plan.
- The worker has not participated according to the program plan.
a) Has not reached interim goals
b) Number of absences exceeds those allowed by the program. A maximum of 2 absences is recommended.
c) Worker does not adhere to the schedule.
- During the course of the program the goal was discovered not to be feasible.
a) A previously unknown medical problem is discovered. Consultation with the attending physician is required to determine the treatment.
b) The treating team’s judgment is that the physical goals are not attainable. The provider and employer/company then need to determine a new vocational goal based on the worker’s realistic physical capacities.
c) The previously identified job is not available.