Recovery doesn’t need to stop because of COVID-19.
RehabCo have responded to the potential claims impact of COVID-19 with an innovative approach to mitigate the potential claim and portfolio liability impacts with our Industry partners.
Workers claiming compensation face a significant risk of stalling or going backwards under COVID-19. Workers on claim will be the first to be sent home or retrenched as employers rationalise in the current climate. Capacity for work is likely to decline with capacity downgraded.
The sudden increase in delay to return to work will in itself have a significant impact on scheme liability, this has the real potential to then be multiplied substantially as existing workers on claim deteriorate. The evidence is clear that the longer a worker is away from work, the less likely they will return to work. Claim costs and scheme liability is under serious threat.
RehabCo offers an innovative program called ‘Rebound’ to engage with new and existing clients to make sure that time spent away from work is not wasted opportunity. We want all workers to maintain capacity and continue to increase capacity. We will translate the actions and goals of the RTW plan into the workers home. This will require an individualised plan for each person that will focus on psychological, psychosocial, functional and physical components to keep people engaged and focused on recovery and capacity building in different ways.
RehabCo are re-defining what our rehabilitation services (physical and psychological) will look like when workers need to self-isolate or work from home. Amongst the remote measures that RehabCo are implementing to manage COVID-19, our approach to mitigating the potential claim and scheme liability impacts is founded on a client focused approach to the present situation. Each worker on claim has goals that can be translated into a different setting so they keep improving and following a program towards recovery. Time in isolation is a great risk should the worker deteriorate, but can be harnessed to work on recovery.
- A Rebound plan provides a structured daily routine to work on recovery goals.
- RTW goals are translated into the home to measure and build capacity and record progress.
- Connections are created for work and social networks to protect psychosocial health.
- Treatment is incorporated into household and personal tasks to reflect work duties.
- A Rebound program is the conduit to bring all stakeholders together when a worker is isolated due to Covid19.
- Initial Rebound program set up only takes 1 hour.
- Weekly program cost is 1 hour.
- Rebound costs are not additional to WRP costs but re-targeted WRP still working towards an eventual RTW Goal.
- Rebound back to work or into new work.