Insurance Rehabilitation Programs

Hi I’ve been reading the helpful tips for the last year but this is my first post. I have 3 months left before my COD 2 year mark and have been told I need to do behavioural activation & work hardening programs. My doctor told insurance I can try even though I’m not stabilized and I don’t get it.

What is the difference between the different rehab programs the insurance recommends?
1)behaviour activation
2)work conditioning
3)work hardening
4)pgap
5)vocational rehabilitation

Are they all the same thing to get you back to work right after any program or used in difference stages of recovery together in steps?
Is anyone willing to share their experiences? I am freaking that they will try to set unrealistic goals and activities and say I’m not trying. I’m not able easily do things around the house or go outside freely with my mental health and paranoia.

And, when you fill out activity sheets how do you know if it’ meant to be past, present of future?

Just do what you can handle. If you can’t at least you tried. You have no choice if medical approves it. You need to have the discussion with your MD.

Will try my best, is my plan. Just really stressful. I want to get better but they sure make it hard to have any breathing room to heal.

I was an occupational therapist before becoming a lawyer, so I have a lot of experience with this.

Behaviour Activation and PGAP are usually done by an occupational therapist outside of a “Gym” setting. They are focused on people who have disability related to mental or psychological issues. But can be pain or fatigue as well. The goal is getting you to slowly increase your activity over time though goal directed activities that you enjoy. The idea is that there is a vicious cycle – the less you do activity wise – the less you will want to do. The more you do, the more you will want to do. So, the will design programs to ease you back into being more active.

Work hardening is seen when there is a physical limitation and part of the problem is deconditioning. So the “hardening” part means you are attending a physical rehabilitation “gym” setting and they are building up your physical fitness, conditioning and tolerances.

Vocational Rehabilitation is more of a general term that covers a range of assessments and interventions aimed at returning a person to work. So, behavior activation, work hardening, etc would fall under it. It can include other things like transferrable skills assessments or identifying gaps in education and training, etc

This is a very basic explanation, but I hope this helps.

David


David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

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