For all your disability management needs across Canada
A.R.S. has the capability to offer employers on-site clinics which include drug and alcohol screening, blood pressure screening, and cholesterol screening as well as on-site flu immunization clinics. All clinics are administered by highly-trained, qualified Registered Nurses who deliver professional, efficient services.
At A.R.S., we can offer many types of educational sessions for employers. These sessions can include, ergonomic seminars, musculoskeletal information sessions and flu prevention strategies.
Labour Market Surveys
- – Labour Market Surveys provides objective evidence that jobs thought to be reasonably suited for the individual in question are available in the individual’s home community. Telephone surveys help determine employers who are hiring and the range of wages and salaries being paid. If needed, on-site interviews with employers can be conducted so as to add reliability to the survey.
Employee Satisfaction Surveys
- – Working with each employer individually, we will develop an online survey that will query your employees and which will obtain unbiased data that will allow us to provide you with a comprehensive report. Recognizing the need to build a relationship of trust and honesty with employees, we will assist each employer in communication methods of survey results.
Absence and Disability Management Surveys
- – We realize that absence and its associated costs are a big concern for employers. Whether you have a casual, short or long-term disability program (or a combination of these) we can measure the costs of absence to your organization and provide you with a comprehensive written report.
Job Search Training
New evidence indicates return to work coordination and accommodation reduces the duration of occupational disability, and the evidence supports the value of job search training. It helps maximize earning capacity, it helps the individual overcome fears associated with seeking employment after injury or disability, and it develops essential employability skills. Sessions are customized to individual needs and are offered one-to-one or in a group setting.
Employment counselling begins when employment potential has been established. Focused, time-limited discussion assists people requiring help to know when, where, and how to return to work. The assistance may include an interpretation of transferable skills and other employment strengths and barriers. A specific vocational goal is determined which mirrors the person’s skills profile, education, training and experience, and a return to work plan is then developed.
Social Work Services
Our social work team is familiar with forensic rehabilitation. They assess functioning in the home after injury. Their recommendations may include Loss of Past Services for MVA and other care needs. The review of special damages may include loss of employment income or professional fee income, loss of shared family income, loss of homemaking capacity, and difficulty performing tasks, as well as a review of self employment, family business, or spare time activity.
Life Skills Training
Individuals may require help developing social skills in advance of returning to work. This may involve one-to-one counseling from a health professional skilled in vocational rehabilitation and counseling. The assistance rendered may include problem-solving and decision-making supports; it could involve developing personal management skills, communication skills and teamwork skills in advance of a job interview; and it could include assistance with financial management, coping with personal health matters, or helping to manage emerging family responsibilities.
Independent Ergonomic Evaluation
Ergonomics (workstation): the science of arranging and adjusting your work environment to fit you and your body.
The purpose of an Ergonomic Evaluation is to identify risk factors associated with the client’s occupational demands and to recommend ergonomic adaptations from which the individual may benefit in order to decrease or minimize the identified risk factors. The evaluation is carried out at the workplace by an occupational therapist or other appropriately trained regulated health care provider. The objectives of the evaluation are to reduce the chance of further injury, increase the individual’s awareness of proper body and working mechanics through education, and to make recommendations to ensure that the individual can continue engaging in their occupational duties within the limits of his or her physical impairment(s). Reports contain a detailed overview of identified risk factors and suggested solutions such as ergonomic adaptations. Our intervention is meant to enhance your employees’ comfort, safety, and wellbeing, while increasing corporate efficiency and effectiveness. These services will increase job satisfaction, reduce absenteeism and health care/workers’ compensation costs. Our recommendations offer practical approaches to optimizing human performance in your unique working environment.
Catastrophic Injury Management
Determination of a Catastrophic Impairment is subject to the criteria indicated on an Application for Determination of a Catastrophic Impairment (OCF-19) Form.
A Catastrophic Injury is an extremely serious injury that may result in permanent disability, long-lasting medical conditions, and a shortened life expectancy. At least one of the body’s systems is affected in a catastrophic injury, such as the respiratory system, muscular system, or nervous system. In addition, mental or behavioural functions may be affected. A Catastrophic Injury Case Manager, a medical physician with appropriate training in the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th edition, will be accountable to the administration of the case/claim. The Case Manager will liaise with all treatment professionals and Medical Editors during the report preparation and Executive Summary phase in order to keep the client up to date with respect to the case.
Catastrophic Injury or Illness
A.R.S. Assessment Rehabilitation Services Inc. is able to perform assessments involving any type of catastrophic injury or illness that usually occurs suddenly and without warning as a result of an accident. Injuries that are considered catastrophic, due to the enormous impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them, include the following: brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns, multiple fractures, or neurological dysfunction. A catastrophic injury or illness very often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. In addition to possible loss of movement, sensation, and communicative and cognitive abilities, the injury or illness may impact respiration, circulation, skin, the urinary system, the gastrointestinal system, and other body systems. Management of such an injury is complex and may require the expertise that A.R.S. can provide with the use of a team of health professionals including physicians, consultants, nurses, therapists, and counsellors.
Within the systems established to provide for injured individuals, the medical evaluation of the degree of an individual’s impairment can have a huge impact on the level of compensation the individual will receive from all sources. Other issues for which A.R.S. can use medical evaluation include:
• The injured person’s ability to work;
• The right to receive different kinds of economic compensation;
• Eligibility for protection against discrimination;
• Whether independent living is possible; and
• The type of physical therapy that might improve his or her health.
An evaluation of this type should include the significant changes an individual will undergo as they progress through acute hospitalization, then return to the home and community. An individual will likely experience the best possible outcome with rehabilitation that offers an interdisciplinary approach and coordinated care.
Life Care Planning
A.R.S. will utilize life care planning as the process of analyzing the medical and medically-related goods and services an individual will need because of a disabling injury or disease. A systematic and logical approach is utilized to trace all of the needs relating from the disability to the end of one’s life expectancy. Health professionals provided by A.R.S. that are experts within the field of rehabilitation and case management are often asked to develop life care plans, in consultation with medical and therapeutic specialists according to their clinical specialties. All past medical, social, psychological, vocational, educational, and rehabilitation data are taken into consideration to the extent that it is available and applicable. The goals and desires of the claimant and the claimant’s family are expressed in the plan. Medical literature is surveyed to reflect current concepts of claimant care management. In addition, in life care planning, consideration is given to changes in a claimant’s needs due to aging and the progression of his or her disability.
The life care plan provided by A.R.S. can be used for services that are needed to prevent or significantly reduce known complications over time. Potential complications associated with the principal diagnoses are discussed, and the care needs related to these complications are projected. The range of services in the geographic area or region, and prevailing costs and standards are utilized to provide an analysis of costs. These costs are typically expressed as present day costs derived from the best available data and resources.
Through the life care plan process, a template for current and future care is developed. The plan serves as a guide for family members, case managers, and health care providers. It is not a prescription for care, but represents a logical blueprint for an individual’s anticipated needs and to provide optimal outcomes, based upon reasonable medical probability and current concepts of care. An individual’s life care plan may be utilized by his or her attorney in seeking compensation for his or her injuries, and may also call for consultation with financial professionals to select appropriate investment strategies to preserve resources over the claimant’s life.
Future Care Cost Assessment
The Future Care Cost Assessment is a comprehensive, detailed assessment that outlines the current and future needs of an individual with a disability and quantifies the costs related to these needs over the individual’s entire life span. Typically, this is completed for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. Future medical and vocational expenses are forecasted with a focus on maximizing independence, minimizing medical complications and, where appropriate, planning for productive work activity. Accommodation, attendant care, transportation, aides to daily living, medical expenses, professional services, education, pharmaceuticals, home modifications, vocational needs, and all other associated costs based on the individual’s disability are addressed.
Formal policy creation
Our policy experts will review your current HR/Disability Management policies and provide you with a full report outlining what improvements can be achieved. We will also work with each employer group individually where no written policies exist, to develop policies unique to your corporate culture and requirements.