What is Vocational Rehabilitation [work rehabilitation]?
Vocational Rehabilitation [work rehabilitation] is a prime role for occupational therapy. There are many forms of vocational rehabilitation, Buffalo Occupational Therapy two forms of vocational rehab – Vocational support services and screening as well as work re-entry after an event/diagnosis.
First, We offer assistance re-evaluating your skillsets after time spent away from the work force or after a traumatic medical event / diagnosis altering your ability to return to your previous career. By evaluating your strengths and skills, an occupational therapy practitioner is able to guide and direct you into a new path while connecting you will appropriate community agencies. Occupational therapist will work with an individual to identify a new career path after an injury or diagnosis, set goals and mile markers to achieve the identified career, and work together throughout this process until completion.
Second, occupational therapy practitioners evaluate the impact of cognition, psychosocial factors, physical disabilities, and medical conditions on work performance if you are remaining in your current place of employment. Many times an occupational therapist will travel to an individual’s workplace to perform an evaluation to identify supports and barriers to successful work performance as well as create a subsequent intervention plan to implement both with the client and their workplace.