At Kirsten Beukes Occupational Therapists, we offer Functional Capacity Evaluations. These evaluations are a series of tests and occupational therapy techniques that determine whether an employee can or cannot return to work. We assess the following:
After the assessment, we make recommendations based on the client’s needs and the assessment results.
A functional capacity evaluation may include but is not limited to the following assessments:
At the appointment, our Occupational Therapists will assess your employees/clients’ capabilities and needs which will guide the assessment and intervention going forward. They will assess physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning; and identify any limitations. Depending on the results of the assessment and your needs, we’ll make recommendations and suggestions on the best way forward. The intervention will be client-focused; and may include physical rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, adaptation of daily activities, scheduling of your activities and/or vocational rehabilitation.
Firstly, we will start with an intake interview where we ask the employee questions about the
injury and any concerns they may have with regard to their ability to work. Their medical
information is reviewed to understand the history of injuries or illnesses, their outcomes and
ways to assist them in returning to work safely.
The functional skills testing is similar to what you see in workplaces every day, and is determined based on the employee’s job demands. The assessment may include components such as:
Using these tests, we can measure aspects such as movement limitations, strength, physical
endurance, presence of pain, cognitive functioning and endurance; as well as the impact of
psychosocial functioning on one’s ability to work. We may also gather information on their level
of fatigue, pain and stress.The tests are always done with the employee’s safety in mind.
At Kirsten Beukes Occupational Therapists, we are trained to assess an employee’s ability to perform within their work role, and we look closely for consistency in performance.
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