Return to work rehabilitation

Return to work rehabilitation

We help your employee get back to work as soon as possible

We aim to get your employees back to work and functioning at their best.

The aim of return to work rehabilitation is to help individuals return to work after being ill or injured. Our approaches are tailored to suit each individual's needs by implementing a goal-directed occupational therapy programme. We encourage our patients to take ownership of their health, and address concerns that can prevent them from returning to work.

By applying specific therapeutic techniques, we are able to address anxiety around returning to work. We also look at physical endurance and applying work-simulated activities during therapy.

Our aim is to increase your employee's independence and function in the workplace through a holistic and client-centred approach; while taking their psychological and social needs into consideration.

The benefits of return to work rehabilitation

Employees can benefit from occupational therapy because they are able to return to filling their work role as quickly as possible, while optimally managing their pain and/or functional limitations.

When employers invest in these services, they also benefit from increased employee satisfaction and retention. This leads to fewer rands being spent on hiring and training new staff. Furthermore, optimal rehabilitation of employee’s into their work role improves employee productivity and efficiency.

Research shows that long-term work absence and unemployment are harmful to physical and mental health and well-being. Recent evidence on return to work rates indicates that the longer a person is absent from work, the harder it is for them to return to work. This reinforces the importance of vocational rehabilitation as an early intervention approach to facilitating recovery after an injury or illness. Avoiding prolonged workplace disability also benefits insurers, as it avoids unnecessary long-term disability payouts.

This research also indicates that return to work rehabilitation can:

  • Lead to happier and more productive employees
  • Help reduce the risk of depression
  • Promote the well-being and recovery from both physical and mental health limitations
  • Lead to better short term and long term physical and mental health outcomes
  • Provide people with a valued role that is recognised by their community and their family
  • Promote long term financial security
  • Provide a sense of community and social inclusion
  • Give structure to a person's life

The benefits of return to work rehabilitation

Employees can benefit from occupational therapy because they are able to return to filling their work role as quickly as possible, while optimally managing their pain and/or functional limitations.

When employers invest in these services, they also benefit from increased employee satisfaction and retention. This leads to fewer rands being spent on hiring and training new staff. Furthermore, optimal rehabilitation of employee’s into their work role improves employee productivity and efficiency.

Research shows that long-term work absence and unemployment are harmful to physical and mental health and well-being. Recent evidence on return to work rates indicates that the longer a person is absent from work, the harder it is for them to return to work. This reinforces the importance of vocational rehabilitation as an early intervention approach to facilitating recovery after an injury or illness. Avoiding prolonged workplace disability also benefits insurers, as it avoids unnecessary long-term disability payouts.

This research also indicates that return to work rehabilitation can:

  • Improve their ability to work in their own occupation, or help them to adapt their current occupation based on their needs
  • Mediate between you and your employee
  • Improve their physical capacity and endurance
  • Manage their pain
  • Engage in activities that are meaningful to them at home and/or at work
  • Improve their function at home and/or work
  • Improve their cognitive skills such as memory and concentration
  • Improve cognitive endurance
  • Improve life skills such as time and stress management

What your employees can expect

During a session, your employees expect the following:

  • A physical evaluation and examination, including taking a health history and certain testing procedures. We will evaluate the physical, cognitive and/or psychosocial factors which may be influencing their ability to work productively.
  • They will receive occupational therapy intervention based on our evaluation. This may include implementation of adaptations to their work role, adaptation of their work-station for optimal comfort, and pain management techniques and/or exercises that they can do at home to improve pain, endurance and physical functioning.