How our occupational rehab programs work
The employee will work with therapists in daily sessions at a Genesis Rehabilitation Services location to improve physical strength, aerobic fitness and work capacity for a more successful return to the workplace. A team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and technicians is here to help, and employers are kept up to date about the employee’s injuries and recovery.
Work hardening is a program that focuses on work-related activities designed to prepare employees to get back on the job. The patient plays an active role in their rehabilitation by simulating their everyday work activities and receives an assessment to determine if he or she can return to work. Work hardening treatments start with 2 hours daily and progress to 4-8 hours a day by the end of the treatment.
Physical Reconditioning is designed to increase physical tolerance, psychological status and performance of duties. While physical conditioning is less intense than work hardening, the end goal is that a patient will be more employable by the end of the reconditioning. Treatment is typically three times a week for 2 hours each and patients receive an assessment to determine if he or she can return to work.
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Functional Capacity Evaluation looks at the individual’s musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, daily living activities, pain, body mechanics, sit/stand/drive tolerances, bending, reaching, squatting, climbing, lifting, carrying and push/pull activities. This type of evaluation assesses a patient's work abilities and his or her maximum ability to perform certain tasks.
Work Capacity Evaluation
Work Capacity Evaluation may include the same tests as the Functional Capacity Evaluation, in addition to an evaluation of the patient's ability to complete specific work tasks related to his or her job specific demands.