Comprehensive Care: Workers' Compensation

Workers' compensation is a special insurance an employer pays for the employee giving them medical care and cash benefits if the employee becomes disabled due to an injury or illness. Every company is required to comply with the laws under Workers' Compensation. Another benefit to workers’ compensation is it will also provide cash benefits to the employees surviving dependents and spouse if a death takes place.

Comprehensive care is defined as healthcare that is provided for the patient for all their needs at every stage of their life. Under a comprehensive care plan if a patient needs a routine physical for school sports, or a complex emergency surgery, it will be covered. Keeping the patient fit and healthy is the goal of this healthcare plan as well as encouraging the patient to address medical needs as soon as they appear, rather than waiting for a condition to flare up.

Rehabilitation, routine diagnosis, treatment and follow-up and are covered by comprehensive healthcare. If the plan has preventative medicine, patients may be able to attend nutrition classes, psychological therapy, or routine physicals. These programs as well as other interventions are designed for preventing medical problems. Comprehensive healthcare may also pay for a nurse or other assistant during the first few weeks after pregnancy, or home visits from healthcare workers who can provide treatment in the comfort of the patient’s home instead of in the hospital.

There are different types of help available for those who need rehabilitation under workers compensation.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

A patient will work with a healthcare provider to set goals and offer the best practices to the patients care by offering a range of specialized workers comp rehabilitation services at the facility where the patient is staying.

Day Rehabilitation

Day Rehab Centers offer workers compensation patient’s intensive therapy, which can be a full day or half day. Rehabilitation sets goals that focus that patient on getting back to their everyday life and back into their community. Many facilities have developed a return-to-work program for workers comp injury patients.

A Return-to-Work Program

A return-to-work program can be an intense program designed to get a patient back to work, in their previous occupation or a new one. A health care provider could visit and assess the patients work area then design solutions for meeting work goals.

Assistive Technology

Sometimes a patient may need help learning how to use new technology, which is used in rehabilitation to help a person regain independence. Patients may need to learn how to use adaptive equipment, communication devices, and other tools to enhance their mobility, dexterity, how they can communicate. Sometimes an the equipment needs to be customized for each individual, and therapists can aid workers comp patients to learn how to use the equipment.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is a great program to use for workers comp patients either as an individual or as part of an overall car program. Services that may be available under this program include vocational assessments, evaluations, work trial assessments, job analyses and the much needed and important return-to-work evaluation.

If you have been injured at work, it is important to find a professional who will help you get the services you need. There is help and remember the goal is to get you back to work or in a position where your day- to- day activities can be managed. If you have not been injured it is always a good idea to know your rights and what is available to you just in case one day you need to use the services you have available through your employer.