By: Occupational Therapy  09-12-2011
Keywords: disability, Disability Management


A future cost of care assessment is a comprehensive detailed assessment that outlines a person’s current and future needs and quantifies the costs related to these needs over the individual’s entire life span.

·                     This type of assessment is typically completed for clients who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs.

·   Future medical and vocational expenses are forecasted with the focus on maximizing independence, minimizing medical complications and, where appropriate, planning for work activity.

·   Accommodation, attendant care, transportation, aids to daily living, medical expenses, professional services, pharmaceuticals, home modifications, education, vocational needs and all other associated costs based on the individual’s disability are addressed in a future cost of care assessment.


Ergonomics looks at what kind of work a person does, what tools they use and the whole job environment. The aim is to find the best fit between the person and the job conditions. No matter what the job is, the goal is to make sure that the worker is safe, comfortable, and less prone to work-related injuries.


PGAP is a disability prevention and reduction program aimed at targeting the psychosocial risk factors for pain and disability. These factors include catastrophic thinking, fear of reinjury and perceived disability.

In PGAP, clients meet with the clinician on a weekly basis for no more than ten weeks. PGAP is intended to act as an adjunct to other treatment processes, not as a replacement.

Research has shown that PGAP is emerging as one of the most cost effective ways for the reduction of disability associated with pain.


Both CDA’s and PDA’s are a systematic procedure to quantify and evaluate either the cognitive or physical demand components of the essential and non-essential tasks of a job. Essentially, it is a process of establishing what a job is in its entirety in a way that complies with Human Rights. Both the CDA and PDA are the “cornerstone” of the analytical process used to determine compatibility between a worker and a specific job .

A disability management specialist is an individual who prevents and minimizes the human and economic impact of illness and disability for both the employee and employer to optimize productivity, quality of care, and organizational health.

Disability management is an essential strategy for any employer wanting to be competitive and retain skilled and experienced workers.

Keywords: disability, Disability Management

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