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New Physiotherapy Clinic Opens in Erickson!

July 20th, 2018 by

New RURAL Clinic!

We welcome Heather Howdle as our first physiotherapist at our new clinic in Erickson, Manitoba.

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  • Acupuncture integrated with Active exercise therapy
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Management and Education
  • Post-operative Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
  • Independent Physical Examinations
  • Permanent Impairment Assessments
  • Functional Job Demand Level Evaluations
  • Return to Work Planning & Coordination
  • External Case Management
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • Rehabilitation Consulting

    Picture of the interior of the Erickson clinic

    Picture of the interior of the Erickson clinic

 

HOURS – 8 AM to 4 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Closed on weekends

To make a physiotherapy appointment in our Erickson clinic,  please call us at 1-866-605-1415

Direct Billing available to the following companies:

* Blue cross

* MPI

* WCB

We accept the following customer payment methods: cash, credit cards, debit cards and checks with ID.

Colin Mathieson Wins Gold!!

July 13th, 2018 by

Independence Incorporated is pretty excited to have a Canadian racing champion on staff!

Colin with his two gold medals around his neck.

That hardware looks really great!

Colin Mathieson just came back from Ottawa, where he won gold in the 100 and 200 meter races at the Canadian Track and Field Championships July 6-10, 2018.  We sat down with him to find out a little about his journey to this race.

This was Colin’s 24th Canadian Track and Field Championship meet.  In it, he competed against Canada’s best.  Scores from this meet will be part of determining who goes to World events such as the Paralympics.  With competitors such as Isaiah Christophe in the race, Colin says “I knew exactly who I had to beat”.

The weather has been hot all across Canada this summer, and Ottawa was no exception.  The race days were all in the 40 degree range, testing endurance.

This was Colin’s first race after a nearly 2 year gap.  Facing a serious health issue, he had to sit out last year, the first since 1994.  “It is weird to say but I was sort of fortunate to be so sick that I was too preoccupied to miss it!”

But once back on the track, muscle memory and training kicked in.  Colin started training again in January. “Once you are back on the track you know that if you just keep going, everything will work itself out”, he says reassuringly.  A positive that came from the experience of missing racing for so long was a recommitment to entering as many races as possible.  Trips to year-round tracks are in the offing.

“The thing to remember is that for every race, you are up against people who have nearly the same equipment and nearly the same training.  With everyone having the same equipment, it comes down to who can put their best race together mentally and physically on that particular day, with the conditions that you are all facing.”

From the meet, Colin earned three sponsors – Cranked Energy Bars, Jackson Springs Water, and K2B Clothing Company.  Others are in negotiation.

He has his eyes on Dubai for the World Championships in 2019.  Independence Incorporated will definitely be cheering him on.

Check out Colin’s Paralympic stats here: http://paralympic.ca/athletes/37812

Financial Information Consulting at Independence

July 5th, 2018 by
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The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has defined financial literacy as having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make sound financial decisions.  Sadly, many people are uncomfortable with their abilities in these areas.*

This is especially important for people in career transition.  Needing to take time off for recovery from an injury or incorporating a new reality of a disability or health condition into one’s life can bring financial issues into stark relief.

Recognizing this, Independence Incorporated has created the position of Financial Information Consultant.  Zanna Joyce, who has many years of experience in coaching individuals and groups toward achieving goals, and specific experience as a financial literacy educator for over 8 years, is available to provide support in the following areas:

  1. Assistance with dealing with the financial consequences of a new disability or health condition, or of transitioning from one stage of life to another.
  2. Assistance with making effective applications for financial and tax benefit programs, including:
    • Canada Pension Plan Disability
    • Disability Tax Credit
    • Manitoba Caregivers Tax Credit
    • Manitoba disability and age-related income programs
    • Other programs that may apply to your situation
  3. Consultation on other financial programs, bursaries etc. that may be available to help individuals adjust to their changed situation.

Practicality, efficiency and attention to important details mark her work in preparing reports and applications for a variety of benefits, whether aiding individuals to access benefit programs, to helping community organizations apply for financial grants.

In addition to the work Zanna does to help people address their financial questions, she is also a member of Career Professionals of Canada, and is able to assist people with resume development, job search techniques, market research and interview coaching on a fee for service basis.

Services are available by email, toll-free telephone or Skype, to anywhere in the province.

Contact Zanna at:

Telephone: 204-957-7385

Services available by phone, toll free at 1-866-605-1415

Email:  zanna@indep.ca

 

  • Reference: https://www.canada.ca/en/financial-consumer-agency/programs/financial-literacy/financial-literacy-history.html

We have new brochures you can print!

July 3rd, 2018 by

New Brochures!

Independence Incorporated was excited to create new brochures!  We have four: our main brochure which gives an overview of our history and services, and one for each of our newest programs.

You can print them from these links!

Please call or write if you would like to discuss them further.  The titles link to descriptions about our services elsewhere on this website.

Overall Company Brochure

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Professional Peer Support:

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Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

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Financial Information Consulting

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6 Ways To Prevent Accidents In The Workplace

September 15th, 2015 by

Traffic cones and red stop sign. Road safety and prevention of accidents during road constructionEach and every day, Canadians head to work with the expectations that they will be able to complete their daily tasks free of injury or any other health risks. Certainly, we all deserve to work in safe and clean environments. And while most businesses take measures to ensure the safety of their employees, accidents are bound to happen. However, there are ways to ensure that such accidents are minimized and unable to present serious ill effects.

Of course, it’s important for all employees to be aware of the hazards that may come along with their jobs. And, naturally, some jobs present more risks than others. Construction workers, for example, often have to work with heavy equipment and at high elevations. Clearly, protective gear must be worn and extra precautions need to be followed. There are steps, however, that we all must take in order to be safe, no matter what type of environment we work in.

Here are six ways prevent accidents in the workplace:

1. Always be alert. There’s a reason why many workers insist upon that morning coffee. Being awake and alert isn’t just important in order to complete tasks adequately, but it also helps to keep both you and your co-workers out of harm’s way. According to Julian Hall on Character-Training.com, “most of the people who become involved with accidents at work are those who feel sleepy while working.”

2. Don’t rush your work. In many workplaces, time is of the essence. Employees are given deadlines that they must meet, so there is often a sense of urgency when it comes to completing certain tasks. It’s important, however, to take the appropriate amount of time to perform your duties safely. On Arbill.com, it is explained that “it’s natural to want to get the job finished on schedule — or even ahead of time — but with a ‘get it done quick’ attitude, accidents happen.”

3. Wear required safety gear. Many jobs require uniforms. But the jobs that require the wearing of safety equipment are the ones where dress codes are the most important. “A person who works in a factory has a greater chance of being involved in an accident at work,” reminds Hall, “Thus, he should be more vigilant about the wearing of proper uniforms and other protective garments when working. Never take safety to chance so always go to work with the proper dress code.”

4. Follow instructions to a tee. Sometimes, workers get complacent. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that you’re an expert at your job, so you don’t need to follow every last instruction. However, paying attention to detail can help you to avoid making mistakes that can lead to injury. “Don’t take shortcuts,” insists Arbill.com, “stick to the instructions and work with diligence and awareness of your surroundings.”

5. Pay attention to and follow emergency drills. Workers also tend to take safety drills for granted. If they’re not “the real thing”, they often go through the motions carelessly. However, participation in such drills couldn’t be more important. As Hall points out, these emergency drills are conducted for the purpose of teaching employees what to do in the event of an emergency and so that they can avoid accidents.

6. Insist upon proper training. This is especially important if you plan on taking on a job that may present a number of risks. Knowing exactly what you’re in for and how to react during emergency situations is imperative for your safety. “It is stupid for anyone to take on a high-risk job especially if he has not been trained for the job,” states Arbill.com, “Imagine an untrained person doing the job of a fireman? Doing this will not only expose you to a great danger but will expose other people to danger as well.”

The Importance Of Ergonomics In The Workplace

September 1st, 2015 by

White computer mouse and hand on whiteNot every job in the world requires laborious use of the hands. Not every job entails a great deal of heavy lifting, lugging and carrying. But that doesn’t mean that jobs void of these tiring tasks aren’t hard on the body. Office workers experience their fair share of job-related injuries as well. You may be surprised just how taxing it can be on the body to sit at a desk in front of a computer all day long.

This is why ergonomics is so vital to any working environment. Ergonomics, which is the study of people’s efficiency in the workplace, is an important element when considering the health and safety of people at work. And, as Cynthia Roth points out on EHSToday.com, office environments are known for their ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses. Believe it or not, typing isn’t exactly the safest job-related task in the world!

“If an employee is able to type 40 words per minute, he or she presses 12,000 keys per 8-hour day,” she explains, “Approximately 8 ounces of force is necessary to depress one key. Almost 16 tons of force will be exercised by his or her fingers each day. The fingers of typists whose speed is 60 words per minute exert up to 25 tons of pressure each day.” So what does all of this mean? How does the pressure exerted by typists affect their health?

According to Roth, back pain is considered the most common side effect of daily sitting and typing. But studies have shown that “the office workplace has other musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis and myositis.” She writes that “more than 8 million people are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome each year. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is the second-most common type of musculoskeletal surgery.”

A focus on ergonomics can help present better working conditions in an effort to avoid such physical hardships. Roth notes that it’s important to reduce the physical demands of jobs by decreasing levels of force, repetition and awkward postures. “Job descriptions are necessary to understand how tasks impact the worker: which body part is used, whether right or left side, cycle times, weights, reaches, etc.” she writes.

The benefits to implementing strong workplace ergonomics are many. On Ergo-Plus.com, Mark Middlesworth explains that ergonomics can help to reduce costs, improve productivity and boost the quality of the work being done. “Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work,” he writes, “When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job like they were trained.”

A focus on ergonomics in the workplace is also excellent for employee morale. It should go without saying that it’s important to have a staff made up for happy and enthusiastic people. It’s good for any company’s bottom line. “If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement,” says Middlesworth.

At Independence Incorporated, we offer Ergonomic Assessments that carefully consider the relationships between workers and their work environments. Our assessments involve the creation of matches between employees and their activities, equipment and systems to maximize both productivity and health-focused circumstances. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

6 Ways To Promote Health In The Workplace

August 19th, 2015 by

Smiling medical doctor woman with appleIt’s not easy running a business. You have a lot on your plate on a daily basis. And one of the most important daily tasks you have is ensuring the health and safety of all those who work for you. Without a staff that is comprised of positive-minded, well-rested, energetic members, your company is bound to endure some hardships. And, of course, the last thing you want is to have any of your employees endure an illness or injury.

It would especially be unfortunate and detrimental to your company if your employees become ill or injured while on the job. So while motivating your team members towards productive work days is always a necessity, it is equally important to keep in mind that you should be promoting health and wellness on the job. That way, you can ensure a strong and productive team that is happy to work for you.

Here are six ways to promote health in the workplace:

1. Advocate exercise. One of the most popular excuses that people give for their lack of exercise is that they have no time. By offering facilities at your place of business, you give people reasons to lose that excuse. On Inc.com, Lauren Lastowka offers up an alternative to providing gyms and showers, if doing so isn’t possible. “Implement and promote a lunch hour walking club and offer incentives for employees who participate,” she suggests.

2. Encourage better nutrition. Do you have vending machines at your place of work that include an array of chocolate bars and potato chips? If so, lose them. Food that promotes poor health is not doing your company any favours. Not only should you offer healthy options at your cafeteria but according to Dr. Jeffrey Brown in a special to Financial Post, you should “offer incentives for reaching health and weight goals.”

3. Find ways to minimize stress. Stress is bound to occur on any job. But the less of it you’re able to put on your employees, the better they’ll be able to perform their duties. “Unmanaged stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep trouble,” reminds Lastowka, “At the workplace, it can lead to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction, and absence from work for related health conditions.”

4. Make drinking water available. If you don’t have water fountains set up at your place of work, bring in water coolers. The importance of staying hydrated cannot be understated. Dr. Brown insists that you “educate staff to stay hydrated by drinking 8 oz. of water each working hour. Discourage caffeine, sodas and energy drinks in the office. Provide clean-filtered water. I recommend reverse-osmosis filters, which are cheap and effective.”

5. Have a doctor make “work calls”. You’ve heard of “house calls” before, right? Why not implement a similar practice at your office? “One of the most innovative trends in workplace wellness has been that of the office doctor’s office,” informs Lastowka, “On-site health clinics give employees the opportunity to schedule office visits for routine care without taking time off work. And they seem to be successful.”

6. Open up the windows. There are few things worse than a dank, congested and musty workplace. Be sure to let in fresh air and sunlight to brighten up the moods of everyone on your team. “Sunlight refreshes us, triggers are feel good chemicals, strengthens our joints and bones, and helps our immune system,” says Dr. Brown, who goes on to mention that “Sick Building Syndrome is an increasing cause of illness and lawsuits.”

Revisiting The Importance Of Rehabilitation

August 5th, 2015 by

Doctor checking a knee recovering in hospitalRecovering from a serious injury or an illness can be one of the toughest things a person will ever do. It doesn’t just require treatment that will help bring about a return to better physical health. It also requires a lot of emotional support to get through what is often a long and arduous struggle. Needless to say, rehabilitation is so very important. And as Dr. Richard C. Senelick states on WebMD.com, most of us never think we’ll ever need it.

“Rehabilitation is the key to getting back to functioning at a level where you can live at home, enjoy your family, and hopefully work,” writes Dr. Senelick. He goes on to acknowledge the difficulties that come with the entire rehabilitation process. Again, keeping in mind that there are both physical and emotional limitations during the recovery process, it’s important to help those in recovery meet with positive mindsets.

“Going for therapy and rehabilitation is just like going back to school, because you may have to learn new information,” says Dr. Senelick, “If you were going back to school later in life, you may have to ‘relearn’ information that you had previously acquired…Rarely is it easy, and I always told patients and families that it will be the hardest thing they will ever do. Like school or learning a new skill there are certain principles that make a difference.”

So what are the new skills that need to be learned? Well, to properly answer that question, we need to take a look at the type of rehabilitation that an individual is undertaking. On HubPages.com, it is explained that many patients who have been diagnosed with diseases must learn to live with particular physical limitations – especially if they are planning a return to work. Lung and heart problems, spinal disorders and cancer are listed as examples.

“When a person undergoes rehabilitation after a disease, experts examine the patient by treating symptoms, addressing risk factors, providing counseling or family support and restoring the physical fitness,” says the website. Patients who have gone through injuries may also have physical limitations, but of a different nature. They must learn particular exercises in order to regain muscles that were lost, for example.

“If a person has gone through injuries from sports, accidents or other reasons, rehabilitation can help in improving functionality of movements and maximizing one’s health,” says HubPages.com, “Through this kind of rehabilitation, not only is the physical aspects covered, but also the mental, psychological and sociological aspects in achieving full recovery.” Naturally, there are emotional aspects to address in both types of rehabilitation.

This is because motivation matters. The more motivated a patient is to regain his or her full health, the better that person will be able to succeed in making a complete recovery. “The person who is motivated and tries harder has a better chance of getting better,” insists Dr. Senelick, “It is not always the brightest student who is the most successful: hard work can make a huge difference.”

At Independence Incorporated, we offer Rehab Coordination which involves case management support that assists patients with numerous injury or illness claims. We are highly experienced in the coordination requirements for clients with singular soft tissue injuries to complex, multi-traumatic injuries as well as multi-systems illness involvement. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

6 Steps To Nailing Your Next Job Interview

July 21st, 2015 by

Two businesspeople shaking hands and smiling.At Independence Incorporated, we offer our clients Interview Coaching to better prepare them for the sometimes-tough task of interviewing for a new job. The entire interview experience can especially be taxing on those who are returning to work after a long layoff from the workforce. Our team helps clients with a number of effective interview strategies in order to help them rebuild their confidence and alleviate any anxiety.

For example, it’s important to remember that a good job interview doesn’t just involve the adequate answering of questions. In many cases, it’s helpful to ask questions too. Showing a genuine interest in the job that you are applying for can go a long way with an interviewer. Remember that you’ll often be competing against several other candidates who are vying for the same position. What will help you to stand out from the rest?

Here are six steps to nailing your next job interview:

1. Make a good first impression. You know what they say. You only get one chance to pull this off, right? Be sure that the first time your interviewer lays on eyes on you, he or she is impressed. On InCharge.org, Janet Farley discusses how you can pull this off. “Dress the part. Show up fashionably early for the interview. Wear a confident, not arrogant, attitude and be willing to put yourself out there for closer inspection,” she advises.

2. Practice makes perfect. This is another cliché that is worth its weight in the job interview department. Research the company you’re applying to and show that you are capable on answering questions about the industry. On Forbes.com, Trudy Steinfeld recommends that you “practice with others; familiarize yourself with different interview styles (and) anticipate and practice responses for difficult questions, so you won’t be caught off guard during the interview.”

3. Be sure to study your own resume. Embellishing your skill set on your resume isn’t your best bet. At some point, you’ll need to be able to back it up. Instead, be prepared to discuss the legitimate attributes listed on your resume. Farley offers advice about what to highlight: “What looks interesting and what doesn’t? Where can you add in examples of how you accomplished a particularly daunting task?”

4. Make an impression on those who aren’t even interviewing you. It’s always great to get a recommendation from others – especially those who already work for the company you’re applying to. “Be nice to everyone,” insists Steinfeld, “From the moment you walk in the building, smile, be respectful, personable and professional at all times. You want anyone who interacted with you to remember you in a positive way.”

5. Ask intelligent questions. We’ve already mentioned that this step is an important one in securing your next job. But it’s important to come prepared with the right questions to ask. Farley insists that you avoid asking “amateur questions” that are easy to find the answers to online. “To make the best impression, come prepared with a short list of real questions that can help you make a good decision about the job if it comes to that,” she advises.

6. Don’t forget to follow up. To show your genuine interest in a job position, you can’t just assume that the interview itself is all that you’ll need. Follow up shortly after. “Don’t make the mistake now of sitting by your laptop or phone waiting for that life-changing email or call,” says Steinfeld, “It’s over. You either nailed it or you didn’t. Lucky for you, however, you can still make a good impression by following through after the interview.”

For more information about Independence Incorporated’s Interview Coaching, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Describing The Importance Of Independence

July 7th, 2015 by

I'm free! senior man get up from wheelchair and throw away his walking caneThere’s a reason that our company is named Independence Incorporated. It wasn’t a name that we just settled on because we thought it sounded “official” or “prestigious”. And it also wasn’t a decision we fell upon because of its cool use of alliteration. At Independence Incorporated, we are firm believers in everyone’s right to be independent. And being united in this belief is what really helps to make our company name so apt.

Take a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Independence”: “Not dependent: as 1) : not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent (2) : not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood)”. Now take a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Incorporate”: “To unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable whole: to blend or combine thoroughly: to give material form; to embody.”

The way we see it, our work incorporates the appropriate programs and services that promote statuses of independence among the clients that we serve. Our company’s specialty is vocational rehabilitation. We provide a long list of helpful services that focus on enhancing the overall independence of our clients at both their homes and workplaces. In many cases, we assist those with making transitions from states of illness or injury to comfortable returns to the workforce.

As a result, disability management is a major component to the help that we provide. At Independence Incorporated, we are committed to fully implementing the human approach to all that we do. And that’s because we’re focused on helping people. There is an emotional side to rehabilitation that is as important – sometimes more so – than the physical rehabilitation that often requires assistance.

We are also sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are faced with limited financial resources. Again, considering the emotional side of every client’s situation allows us to manage rehabilitation in ways that are uniquely considerate. We’re happy to report that our services benefit a wide range of people. They include clients, referral sources, family physicians and treatment providers.

Clients. Naturally, our clients are very important to us. We understand that during their time periods of illness or injury, it is imperative that they focus on improving their health. At Independence Incorporated, we make it our duty to assist with this process in the most helpful and attentive manners possible. Our clients greatly benefit from the individualized attention that they each receive.

Referral Sources. We also service insurance companies and employers. Naturally, they each have obligations that they are contractually liable for. Under their contractual agreements, they are required to provide medical and vocational rehabilitation services to their policy holders and employees during their times of need. Our involvement allows for appropriate services to be offered in order to enhance recovery rates and maximize states of independence.

Family Physicians and Treatment Providers. We also must ensure that we are openly communicating with the family physicians and treatment providers that are involved with our clients. With the permission of our clients, we provide progress reports to their doctors and other health care professionals who are involved in the rehabilitation processes. It’s all about promoting their independence together!

For more information about our company, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.