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7. Identify supports that will enable survivors to work

Step 7 of 11 in getting ready to return to work:

Determining whether and when the survivor is ready to return to work is important. However, healthcare providers also need to determine whether the workplace is ready to support the survivor’s return and whether they will receive needed supports at home.

You can also gather information from the survivor about the support available at their workplace and what other supports they have received. Healthcare providers may want to find out about supports and accommodations that can be made available to the survivor in their workplace. This information can be gathered by speaking with an employer representative (with the consent of the patient) such as a supervisor, human resources professional, occupational health advisor, disability manager or return to work coordinator.

For more information on identifying supports that will enable survivors to work, see returning to work is communication and teamwork.

To help your patient balance work and other roles they may have, discuss what supports the family can provide. If the survivor has been off work for a lengthy period, the survivor may need to renegotiate household duties. When survivors return to work, they may not be as available or able to do as many household duties because of fatigue and time spent at work. Healthcare providers can encourage families to discuss how everyone can share the household duties in light of the expected fatigue that comes from losing work conditioning while off work. As well, survivors who are unable to drive may need their family’s help getting to work.

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Step 8: Develop a formal return to work plan

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