Reasons for Assessments.
Assessments may be requested from employers, insurers, attorneys, individuals, or referring specialists to determine:
- Ability to meet job demands as part of a hiring process
- Ability to meet own or reasonable alternative occupation as part
of claims investigation
- Disability status in terms of disability equity legislation
- Assessment of incapacity in terms of labour legislation
- Return to work status
- Suitability to rehabilitation programmes
Types of Assessments.
- Functional Capacity Evaluations; This is a systematic method of measuring the ability to perform meaningful
tasks on a safe and dependable basis. It generally includes assessment over three hours.
- Screenings; This is a less costly, streamlined version of the traditional functional
capacity evaluation tailored to the case requirements. It allows for an appropriate baseline for
further management and can be used to progress rehabilitation, further employer discussions or assist
with vocational planning.
- Situational Assessments; This includes worksite visits for job demand analyses and investigations
into reasonable accommodations, home visits for activity of daily living measurements, as well
as social settings for social anxieties.
- Multiday Assessments; Occasionally assessments must be performed over more than one day to consider
the fluctuating nature of a condition or post-exertional impairment.