Occupational Rehabilitation Services

The best outcomes are achieved through a collaborative approach.

Initial Needs Assessment

An assessment to identify the client’s concerns, needs, perceptions, areas of interest and goals for their functional restoration or care. Ascent Rehabilitation suggest an initial needs assessment occur for all new clients, to ensure that a holistic approach is established in the early stages of a person’s injury and the rehabilitation program can be tailored according to a person’s individual needs.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Assessment

An ADL Assessment is aimed to empower our clients to function independently within their home and community environment. An ADL Assessment is typically completed at the clients home, and often involves information gathering in both a subjective and objective format.

Our clients are often asked to demonstrate various tasks including but not limited to; meal preparation, cleaning/laundry, gardening, mobility and transfers, transport, shopping and personal hygiene.

The aim of this assessment is to identify occupational challenges and client goals to improve participation in activities through task modification and/or implementation of specific assistive equipment.

Home Assessment

Outside of the return to work sector, Ascent provides home assessment services to various individual to improve independence with activity in the home environment. The aim of a home assessment is to identify the needs of each individual, and to provide assistance; whether in the form of training, education, assistive equipment or environmental modification.

Ascent makes specific recommendations based on the individuals injuries, stage of recovery and social setting. Considerations are specifically provided regarding access to the home both internally and externally; with attention to an individual’s level of mobility and strength.

Worksite Assessments

A worksite assessment is an important part of the return to work process. This involves an assessment and analysis of the person’s pre-injury duties, and establishes which of these specific duties are suitable for a person to engage in throughout their recovery.

Through early identification of suitable duties, Ascent is able to best promote a functional, workplace based rehabilitation program which keeps clients engaged in their usual daily tasks and routine.

Ergonomic Workstation Assessment

Ascent provides ergonomic assessments to our existing and privately referred clients. Ascent provides a comprehensive assessment of a person’s workstation, taking into account their daily job requirements, any pre-existing injuries or current concerns.

As part of the service, if requested, Ascent is able to provide a comprehensive report for all parties records indicating both medical and ergonomic advice.

Vocational Assessments

Vocational assessments are a comprehensive tool to establish a person’s redeployment options outside of their usual work role. The process of a vocational assessment typically requires a variety of written and verbal assessments, aimed at establishing a person’s employability in other areas. A vocational assessment can also identify areas for further retraining, to improve the client’s suitability to new job roles.

Workplace Meetings

At Ascent, we believe the most productive conversations occur when all parties are present and working together to collaborate to develop and achieve mutual goals. Workplace meetings are often held to facilitate these conversations.

Return to Work Planning

A return to work plan is developed to assist the worker at work, specifically providing details of the primary and secondary goals for the client’s recovery. It outlines any medical restrictions, duties, hours and consideration of any special requirements.

The process of developing a return to work plan generally requires that a workplace assessment be conducted, collaboration occurs with medical and treatment providers so that all restrictions are considered to ensure that the activities performed are safe and sustainable.

Injury Management Advice

Ascent provides injury management advice to assist our clients following an injury.

Medical Case Conferences

As a rehabilitation consultant, our role is to ensure that the gradual return to work program remains adherent to the limitations specified by the client’s general practitioner.

Treatment Case Conferences

As with medical case conferences, treatment case conferences are an imperative component of the gradual return to work program. They are targeted to ensure that the treating parties are aware of the physical demands of the pre-injury role, to develop and maintain a goal oriented program which best supports that rehabilitation goals.

Return to Work Programs

A return to work program is an overall structure that is implemented by several key stakeholders, including the client, their employer, nominated treating doctor, insurer and treatment providers.

The program is documented and outlines the key responsibilities of stakeholders and their involvement to assist the client during their recovery. The program is goal oriented.