B1 – 90 Garry St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 4H1 - Phone: (204) 478-6644, Fax: 204-478-6677 - info@indep.ca

Archive for May, 2014

Why It’s Important To Be Honest With Your Doctor

Posted by

Doctor with male patientHonesty is the best policy. We’ve all likely heard this idiom a thousand times over. And, for the most part, it’s true. Sure, there are always exceptions to the rule. Not all of us want to tell our five-year-olds the truth about Santa Claus just yet. But when it comes to our health, there’s no second guessing the fact that it’s important to be honest with yourself.

When you are feeling ill, you run the risk of getting others sick if whatever you have is contagious. The best person to diagnose you is your doctor. Now, that should go without saying, however, many of us choose to use the “it’ll pass, I’m fine” attitude towards their under-the-weather days. And to be really honest, we likely do this to ourselves because we’re just plain scared to hear the truth.

Isn’t it better to know exactly what is wrong with you instead of guessing? Misdiagnosing yourself will only allow your illness to get worse. Of course, the same can be said about injury. Sure, we all have these amazing immune systems that allow our bodies to heal themselves. But appropriate rehabilitation is mandatory in order for you to get back to a true sense of normalcy and optimum health.

So, not only is it important for you to be honest with yourself, it’s important to be honest with your doctor. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Why wouldn’t you tell your doctor the truth? Well, you may be surprised to find out how many people hold back in the doctor’s office. Dr. Stewart Segal describes this experience on KevinMD.com. He insists that when patients hold back on him, it’s enough to terminate the doctor-patient relationship.

“While there may be a place in the real world for partial truths and degrees of honesty, there is no room for dishonesty in the exam room,” he writes, insisting that being honest with your doctor tops the list of most important things you can do to maintain good health. His experience has proven to him that when his patients are dishonest, their conditions tend to significantly worsen.

This isn’t to say that doctors don’t understand why patients hold back on telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. A bit of shame sometimes creeps into the entire process. “There are many reasons patients exercise various degrees of honesty,” says Dr. Segal, “Some patients feel their actions make them look foolish; some fear the doctor’s scorn, some fear the answer to their problem will be too much for them, others are simply embarrassed.”

Nevertheless, the doctor-patient relationship must be one that is built on trust, insists the doctor. And why shouldn’t it be? Being honest with your doctor is integral to your well being. That said, it’s only right that nobody’s time and money is wasted due to dishonesty. We all have jobs to do, which means if you’re unable to work, you should be given the appropriate care to allow yourself time off from work to recover.

At the same time, employers deserve accurate information about the health statuses of their employees. Likewise, insurers have the right to know that they are compensating those who truly need it during their times away from their jobs. Of course, it’s unfair when insurance programs are abused. Many are unfairly affected by dishonesty, including insurers, employers and those who are truly sick or injured.

This is why, at Independence Incorporated, we make it a point to foster open communication between the family physicians and treatment providers that are involved with our clients. For more information, about our services, please call 204-478-6644. To be perfectly honest, we’d love to hear from you. And as you know, honesty is the best policy!

The Importance Of Rehabilitation

Posted by

Mature Woman having ambulatory therapyIf life was meant to be easy, we wouldn’t have to put much effort into anything we do. Clearly, life can’t always be a breeze, right? Perhaps, the point of going though hardships is so that we can better appreciate the many good times we’ve experienced with our families and friends. Naturally, it’s important to never take such good times for granted. It’s also important to remember that experiencing good times takes effort.

In other words, we have to work hard to have fun. Sounds like bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But when we get to points in our lives when we become ill, injured or victimized by substance addiction, we need to work harder than ever. We also need all the help we can get. And there’s absolutely no shame in that. This is why the process of rehabilitation is so integral to our overall health.

The very definition of “rehabilitation” is the restoration of one’s health and ability to function normally through a variety of methods. At Independence Incorporated, we know the importance of getting people back in tip-top shape. When a person becomes disabled from doing his or her job, we know that this takes more than just a physical toll on his or her body.

As you can imagine, there is a significant emotional component to the entire rehabilitation process. Although there are a variety of rehabilitation types, counseling and family support are always necessary to assist patients with getting to healthy mental and psychological states. Returning to work, after all, will take a lot more than an able body. A positive and confident mindset is necessary as well.

This is why, at Independence Incorporated, we go through a comprehensive and thorough process before assessing whether or not a client is ready to return to work. We achieve this through a three-step Vocational Rehabilitation Assessment program. It is through this process that we are able to accomplish a number of important requirements that benefit both the client and the employer.

Firstly, we make sure that the patient has received or is receiving the care he or she needs. Secondly, we assess the physical or emotional limitations and restrictions affecting the employee’s ability to meet the demands of his or her job. That way, employers are always welcoming back a member of their staff who is truly work ready – the very meaning of being rehabilitated.

The three-point assessment process, by the way, involves a client interview that includes a visit to the injured or ill employee. This is followed up by corresponding with the primary caregivers involved in the employee’s recovery process. Finally, a visit to the work site to communicate with the employer is made. Of course, there is a lot more to each step that we’d be happy to discuss with you in greater detail.

Please feel free to contact Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 at your earliest convenience. We’ve excitedly started up our new blog to better inform you about our many services and how they many benefit your company and the valued people who work for it. In the most respectful and professional way possible, we are committed to assisting both you and your clients with attaining the true meaning of rehabilitation.