W hereas treatment focuses solely on symptomatic improvement, rehabilitation focuses on improved functioning. Most programmes are focused on functioning at work. Return to work plans are customised for each person as the timing and nature thereof is crucial. Return to work can occur immediately, following, during or after a rehabilitation programme. Often rehabilitation occurs whilst at work.
These programmes focus on “getting your life back” by exploring and enhancing your residual capacity.
The Progressive Goal Attainment Programme™ is one of the standardised programmes offered which spans 10 weeks. It is an evidence-based programme for reducing disability associated with pain, depression, cancer and other chronic health conditions. Please note that this programme is not yet funded by medical aids, however a portion may be claimable. It is often paid for by insurers given the return-to-work focus. For more details on this standardised programme, please see the PGAP website www.PDP-PGAP.com.