Question: When do you know you are ready to go back to work?
There is a different answer for everyone:
- If you are on Medical Leave of Absence from work due to your injury– You may have a time limit which forces -you to go back to work or lose employment.
- If you are in therapy, you may be able to discuss the right timing with your PT/OT/ S
- MD Prescriptions – some jobs require you to get a MD note to state you are ready to go back to work.
There are RESOURCES in the community that can function to assist you with return to work:
- Vocational Rehabilitation – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dvrs
- Community Partnerships – http://www.communitypartnerships.org/ assesses your need for cognitive rehab, helps you find and keep employment
- Gateway Clubhouse - http://gatewayclubhouse.org
- Independent Living https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/disability-services/independent-living-for-people-with-disabilities may be available to help pay for car modifications in order for you to return to work.
- TAP Back to work Group – https://www.aphasiaproject.org/– class that gives you the tools to understand what you need to do in working world (every other Thursday 6-7pm).
Accommodations may need to be made for you to return to work:
- Part-time- with transition to full time
- Voice Recognition Software
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor - through long term disability services
- It is important to know your rights as an employee - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Your work must make “Reasonable Accommodations” (larger company may accommodate more)
- MD orders –Many jobs require that you get a doctor’s permission to return to work.
- Voice text
- Headset phone
- One handed keyboard
- Environment with decreased distractions
- Meeting with staff at the beginning of return to work to get everyone on same page This is what happened to me and this is how it has affected me. My emotions are stronger, my memory is affected. I may be more easily distracted, slower processing and more impulsive.