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6 Ways To Assist Injured Loved Ones With Their Recoveries

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Rear view of trainer assisting senior woman with her walker over white backgroundOvercoming an injury is no easy feat. And it can be especially difficult if you’re doing so alone. The help and support of family members and friends play a crucial role in the recovery of an individual who has experienced a significant injury. Arguably, one’s emotional state needs as much rehabilitation as his or her physical condition after being injured. The negative impacts of an injury are many. So the more help one gets towards recovery, the better.

At Independence Incorporated, we offer a Personal Care Needs Assessment that includes the help of registered nurses and occupational therapists. Together, they provide comprehensive assessments of the personal care needs of their clients. That way, those impacted by injuries are provided with the best possible paths towards recovery. Of course, that doesn’t mean they don’t need additional assistance from their loved ones.

Here are six ways to assist injured loved ones with their recoveries:

1. Spend some quality time. Injured loved ones can develop overwhelming senses of loneliness since they are usually unable to participate in regular everyday activities. Since they generally won’t be able to come to you, it’s important that you find some time to spend with them in their homes. On SpinalCord.org, Dr. Linda Lindsey writes that spending time with friends and family is a great way for those in recovery to assist themselves with the process of getting better.

2. Be respectful and realistic. There is no exact science to being a caregiver. In many instances, you may be doing something that you believe to be helpful that may only worsen the situation. On MSKTC.org, Dr. Thomas Novack reminds us that you may want to refrain from expressing false optimism like “you will be back to work in no time”. It’s important to treat your loved one like an adult, not talk down to him or her and respect his or her likes and dislikes regarding your care.

3. Encourage a healthy lifestyle. As mentioned, when someone is injured, it’s not so easy to participate in regular activities. So it’s important to help your loved one to not fall into the trap of letting their health go. “Get enough sleep,” Dr. Lindsey insists, “Eat regular, healthy meals and snacks…Cut down or cut out use of caffeine and tobacco.” Helping your injured loved one to avoid falling into bad habits during the rehabilitation process can go a long way in the healing process.

4. Reduce your own stress. A loved one’s injury is hard on you too. Obviously, it brings about a level of stress that no one is interested in having. Dr. Novack reminds us that stress is related to such health issues as heart disease, cancer and stroke. It’s important to always find time for yourself so that you can rest and care for your own needs. “If you are under constant stress, you are not going to be as helpful to your injured family member or anyone else,” says the doctor.

5. Take some time for yourself. Don’t assume that you can do it all. While helping your loved one with his or her recovery process, it’s important to remember that you need to be in a healthy state of mind and body yourself. As Dr. Lindsey points out, “caregiving is not a one-person job. You need time away for a healthy lifestyle, and there are going to be times when you are sick or need to get to get away for other reasons.”

6. Reward yourself. Your loving care for your injured family member or friend is an incredible gesture. You deserve to be rewarded for it. Treating yourself will not only help you to alleviate stress, but it will re-energize you to take on the difficult daily tasks that you’ve become responsible for. “Everyone needs something to look forward to,” writes Dr. Novack, “Promise yourself a cup of your favourite coffee or an opportunity to watch a good TV show or read something you enjoy.”

For more information about our Personal Care Needs Assessment, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644.

Examining Our Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation

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Depositphotos_9311299_xsWhen an individual has experienced a long layoff from work, finding a job can often be the furthest thing from this person’s mind. Naturally, a return to better health after an arduous bout with an illness or injury is priority. However, for many, when it comes time to return to the workforce, it feels like an insurmountable task. Often, a new résumé needs to be prepared, interview skills need to be brushed up on and the very idea of working needs to be accepted.

Needless to say, it’s not easy. Consider the fact that due to the illness or injury, a person’s skill set and even interests may have significantly changed. At Independence Incorporated, we offer a Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation to test individuals looking to get back into the workforce. We use a combination of paper and pencil tests, computer assessments and hands-on work samples in order to assess an individual’s interests, aptitudes and achievement levels.

The overall objective, of course, is to adequately prepare such individuals for employment opportunities that they are best suited for. There are three specialized types of tests that we use to determine a person’s abilities to work in specific areas. They are Interest Tests, Aptitude Tests and Achievement Tests. By completing these tests, individuals are better suited to locate the right careers paths for themselves.

Interest Tests. As the name suggests, these tests are used to determine a person’s interests. As you can imagine, it greatly helps for a person to enjoy his or her work if he or she is actually interested in the field. The tests allow us to identify preferred work environments, work styles, and occupational groups. For example, we work to determine if someone is best suited for either sales or customer service or whether a mechanical or technical field is more fitting.

Aptitude Tests. These tests help to determine an individual’s skill level. Essentially, they answer such questions as “what are you best at?” or “what talents do you have?”. The tests are used to identify a person’s capacities or abilities that can help when being taught the specifics of a new job. Aptitude tests may be conducted through either paper and pencil tests or through computer assessments and work samples.

Achievement Tests. These tests work to identify the educational levels of individuals looking to re-enter the world of work. Through a computer assessment program that measures “General Educational Development”, we assess a job-seeker’s reasoning development and ability to follow instructions. In addition, both language and mathematics skills are measured. Following the completion of all testing, we develop a “Personal Qualifications Profile”.

This profile allows us to establish a list of potential employment opportunities. Using this list, an individual is given greater insight into what type of occupational options he or she has. The results of all testing is utilized to come up with a list that takes into account one’s interests, aptitudes and academic achievements as well as transferable skills. However, there are a number of other factors that help us to compile one’s profile.

They include one’s vocational history, an establishment of medical restrictions (if applicable), a compilation of suitable occupations and a labour market survey of identified and determined job opportunities. This includes information about job availabilities and wages. At Independence Incorporated, we have found that our Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation is extremely helpful in getting people to find their right vocational matches.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644.