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Position Available: Physiotherapy Clinic Assistant

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Position Available: Physiotherapy Clinic Assistant  Picture of Building Directory with Independence Physiotherapy logo

 

Independence Incorporated Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Services

Erickson, Manitoba

Independence Incorporated is a long-standing Rehabilitation and Return to Work company operating in the province of Manitoba, with offices in Winnipeg and Erickson.

We are seeking a Physiotherapy Clinic Assistant for our clinic in Erickson, Manitoba, to work Monday, Wednesday Friday, From 8 a.m.—4 p.m. to start.

Duties:

  • Arrange appointments with clients via phone, email and our online booking system
  • Create invoices, send claims in to insurers, contact clients about client-paid amounts
  • Greet clients at clinic, assist with accommodation or other client service needs
  • Maintain communications records, update referral and marketing database
  • Coordinate displays and appearances at community health events
  • Perform other clinic duties when necessary

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in similar role, with knowledge of typical office software and equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Customer service focussed with a problem-solving attitude

Qualified, interested candidates are invited to send their resumés to Victor Andres, CEO, at victor@indep.ca. Resumes may also be faxed to 204-478-6677.  Deadline: September 28, 2018

Career Opportunity at Independence Incorporated

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POSITION AVAILABLE: Clinical Care Manager/Rehabilitation Consultant

Independence Incorporated is a long-standing Rehabilitation and Return to Work company operating in the province of Manitoba, with offices in Winnipeg and Erickson.

We are seeking a mobile CLINICAL CARE MANAGER/REHABILITATION CONSULTANT with a unique set of skills and training to expand our services in the Brandon area. The Clinical Care Manager will serve as the clinical expert, supporting the client, his or her social networks, medical services providers and re-employment team.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Both a BN and RN designation, or a MSW or MOT, and be eligible for practice in the Province
  • Experience in rehabilitation, with strong emphasis on mental health issues
  • Skills in organizing an effective team of supports around an individual to ensure efficient care
  • An aptitude for organization, quality reporting, recognizing challenges and opportunities and being able to work with them
  • The ability to establish rapport and effective communications with clients, adapting for personality, disability-related challenges, availability of personal resources and other factors

The incumbent will work in individuals’ homes quite often, though office space is available in Erickson and in Brandon to book as needed.

The position will be contract to start, with an expected transition to full time within three months. Independence Incorporated offers a complete set of benefits and competitive compensation.

Learn more about Independence Incorporated at www.indep.ca

If this position interests you, please send a resume with cover letter highlighting your fit for this position to Victor Andres, CEO, at victor@indep.ca. Resumes may also be faxed to 204-478-6677.

New Physiotherapy Clinic Opens in Erickson!

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New RURAL Clinic!

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

  • Physiotherapy TreatmentPicture of the sign welcoming people to Erickson, Manitoba
  • 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.

Financial Information Consulting at Independence

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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!

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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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The Importance Of Ergonomics In The Workplace

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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.

Revisiting The Importance Of Rehabilitation

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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.

Describing The Importance Of Independence

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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.

How Third Party Case Management Services Can Support You

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Junior lawyer with case folderWhen a person is seriously injured or becomes ill, he or she not only has to deal with the physical labours that come with the circumstance. In addition, he or she must also endure a seemingly insurmountable amount of stress. Of course, in many cases, an injury or illness can cause a long layoff from work. However, there is something else at play that often is the cause for much anxiety. And that would be dealing with insurance companies.

Very honestly, it can be quite aggravating. Is there anything more stressful to be experiencing a tough time with your health only to have your insurance benefits rejected? Of course, this isn’t always the case. But, in certain circumstances, an insurance company’s final decision isn’t exactly all that final. Sometimes, further investigation into the claims can help to garner further assistance from insurance companies.

At Independence Incorporated, we provide Third Party Case Management Support services through our professional staff of seasoned, knowledgeable and dependable case managers. Their vast knowledge of insurance policies often helps to bridge the gap between claimants and their insurance companies. There are a number of situations where our third party case management services can support you.

They include, but are not limited to:

The Appeal Process. Being denied coverage by an insurance company can be very stressful. At Independence Incorporated, we feel that claimants shouldn’t have to go this battle alone. Our independent case managers are known to review appeal materials that our provided by insurers in order to make recommendations or render new decisions. With the help of our team, all hope is never lost.

Complex File Review. Some files are more complicated than others. This is true in such cases where claimants have multiple injuries or illnesses that are affecting them. Our team of experienced case managers will review such complex claim files in order to make recommendations for future handling. Issues such as medical treatment, rehabilitation interventions, domestic factors and vocational concerns can all be addressed.

Insurer/Employer Relationship. Let’s be honest. The relationships between claimants and insurance companies aren’t always positive ones. Claimants will often feel like they deserve more coverage while some insurance case managers may side on the idea of limiting the coverage. Our third party case managers can act as external “buffers” to help remedy such deteriorated relationships.

Independent Review. It’s not unlike getting a second opinion. Our independent third party case managers are often called upon by employers or unions to conduct reviews and provide helpful feedback about the claims process. Following the reviews, recommendations can be made directly to the insurance companies. There are a number of other situations where Independence Incorporated may be able to help, as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have, so that we can provide the specific help that you need. We make it our mission to make the type of recommendations that will meet your requirements. We’re happy to report that Independence Incorporated has certainly grown its reputation for being able to help people during the toughest times of their lives. Can we help you? Call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Committed To Helping Clients With Their Returns To Work

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Businesswoman with a briefcaseWhen you’ve been away from the work force for a considerable amount of time, returning to work is not often the first thing on your mind. Suffering an injury or enduring an illness comes with many physical limitations. Naturally, returning to a state of better health and strength is the primary concern. However, once a full recovery has been successfully achieved, an individual generally needs to begin thinking about returning to work.

In many cases, this entails looking for an entirely new job. And, as you can imagine, for those that have not been working for a long time, the entire process can be a harrowing one. One of the first steps, of course, entails refurbishing a resumé. And although there is often nothing new to add to a resumé once a person is able to return to the workforce following a long layoff, it’s important that all relevant information is updated.

Then comes the job search! This too, can be a difficult process. Determining the line of work one is interested in and discovering if there are available positions in that field can also be an arduous task. And, of course, once a person has selected the jobs that he or she wishes to apply for, preparation for those all important job interviews is necessary. Independence Incorporated is committed to helping clients throughout the entire process.

Firstly, we offer Resumé Preparation services that assist clients with completing accurate, up-to-date and interest-worthy resumés. Our experienced vocational staff works diligently to provide both thorough resumé development skills and appropriate cover letter creation. In many cases, a cover letter is read before a resumé, so it needs just as much attention. Our team is well aware that impressing a would-be employer requires a great first impression.

Secondly, our Job Search Assistance Program serves those who have settled on some realistic occupational choices. The program takes into account the specific needs and talents of each individual client. It may include regular client meetings to establish responsibilities during the job search process and a daily review of classified employment ads in newspapers, employment centres and on the internet.

Finally, we offer Interview Coaching. For those who have experienced long layoffs from work, it is often difficult to recall the best ways to conduct one’s self during a job interview. Taking into account such details as dress code, knowing what questions to ask, showing up early and doing research on the employer is all very important. Our team provides a review of effective interview strategies to help to diminish the anxiety that many job seekers may have.

It can be argued that the job interview process is the most important step in securing new employment. This step, of course, puts a person face-to-face with his or her would-be employer. Making a strong impression is imperative in landing the position. On Monster.com, Doug Hardy writes that “even if you have less than a day before your job interview, you can outshine the competition with a little interview preparation.”

Finding a new job after a long layoff from work doesn’t have to feel like Mission: Impossible. As mentioned, Independence Incorporated is committed to helping its clients with every step necessary to both locate and secure ideal career opportunities. For more information about our Resumé Preparation services, Job Search Assistance Program and Interview Coaching, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.