At A.R.S. our motto “WE CARE” helps to define our total service commitment:
We always maintain a level of consistency – Every file is handled with care
- Consistency and continual improvement of services
- Available for seminars/training to meet customer needs
- Rapid responses for quick and efficient service
- Ease of communication between our company & clients
A.R.S. has a proven track record of providing clients with reliable, unbiased, and comprehensive reports which help our clients understand the individual’s impairments and abilities.
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Independent Living Assessments are an objective evaluation of the client’s self-care and home environment tasks to determine their ability to function. IADL’s are valuable in determining if a client is able to live independently.
Homesite Assessments are used to evaluate the various tasks a client may have at home, and to what extent their injury may impair their ability to do so.
Worksite Evaluations provide objective information on the physical demands of the client’s job. The results of such evaluations can be used to structure treatment and work simulation programs, as well as to make recommendations on work site modifications or work aides to assist the client in returning to work.
The purpose of an Independent Ergonomic Evaluation is to identify risk factors associated with the client’s occupational demands and to recommend ergonomic adaptations from which the individual may benefit in order to decrease or minimize the identified risk factors. The evaluation is carried out at the workplace by an occupational therapist or other appropriately trained regulated health care provider. The objectives of the evaluation are to reduce the chance of further injury, increase the individual’s awareness of proper body and working mechanics through education, and to make recommendations to ensure that the individual can continue engaging in their occupational duties within the limits of his or her physical impairment(s). The evaluation consists of a detailed history of relevant events taken by the assessor, injuries and current symptoms, basic job description, and a comprehensive workstation analysis. Reports contain a detailed overview of identified risk factors and suggested solutions such as ergonomic adaptations.
Assessment Rehabilitation Services Inc. helps to design and implement a comprehensive RTW program including the completion of a Physical Demands Analysis, Functional Abilities Assessment, Vocational Assessment, and Transferable Skills Analysis, for employees returning to work.
At the case level, A.R.S. can work with the claimant, insurer and/or employer to develop and coordinate a return to work plan that utilizes graduated or modified duties and job accommodations, where necessary. This benefits both employees and employers as downtime is reduced and the employee’s skills are being utilized during the recovery period. This also, in many cases saves the employer retraining and staff replacement costs.
The following is a list of examples of seminars.
- Complex Case Management – Psychosomatic Issues.
- The Management of Acquired Brain Damage.
- How to Manage a Cardiology File – the Pitfalls – Understanding the Drugs.
- How to Read and Interpret a Functional Abilities Evaluation.
- When Do You Use an Orthopaedic Evaluation or Physiatrist Evaluation?
- When Do You Use a Psychologist or Psychiatrist?
- How Do You Use Functional Evaluations for Chronic Pain or Fibromyalgia?
- Using the ARCON Protocol for Homesite Evaluations
- Changes in the Industry Post DACS.
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At A.R.S., we can offer many types of educational sessions for employers. These sessions can include, ergonomic seminars, musculoskeletal information sessions and flu prevention strategies.
Labour Market Surveys
– Labour Market Surveys provides objective evidence that jobs thought to be reasonably suited for the individual in question are available in the individual’s home community. Telephone surveys help determine employers who are hiring and the range of wages and salaries being paid. If needed, on-site interviews with employers can be conducted so as to add reliability to the survey.
Catastrophic Injury or Illness
A.R.S. Assessment Rehabilitation Services Inc. is able to perform assessments involving any type of catastrophic injury or illness that usually occurs suddenly and without warning as a result of an accident. Injuries that are considered catastrophic, due to the enormous impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them, include the following: brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns, multiple fractures, or neurological dysfunction. A catastrophic injury or illness very often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. In addition to possible loss of movement, sensation, and communicative and cognitive abilities, the injury or illness may impact respiration, circulation, skin, the urinary system, the gastrointestinal system, and other body systems. Management of such an injury is complex and may require the expertise that A.R.S. can provide with the use of a team of health professionals including physicians, consultants, nurses, therapists, and counsellors.
Within the systems established to provide for injured individuals, the medical evaluation of the degree of an individual’s impairment can have a huge impact on the level of compensation the individual will receive from all sources. Other issues for which A.R.S. can use medical evaluation include:
- The injured person’s ability to work;
- The right to receive different kinds of economic compensation;
- Eligibility for protection against discrimination;
- Whether independent living is possible; and
- The type of physical therapy that might improve his or her health.
An evaluation of this type should include the significant changes an individual will undergo as they progress through acute hospitalization, then return to the home and community. An individual will likely experience the best possible outcome with rehabilitation that offers an interdisciplinary approach and coordinated care.
Life Care Planning
A.R.S. will utilize life care planning as the process of analyzing the medical and medically-related goods and services an individual will need because of a disabling injury or disease. A systematic and logical approach is utilized to trace all of the needs relating from the disability to the end of one’s life expectancy. Health professionals provided by A.R.S. that are experts within the field of rehabilitation and case management are often asked to develop life care plans, in consultation with medical and therapeutic specialists according to their clinical specialties. All past medical, social, psychological, vocational, educational, and rehabilitation data are taken into consideration to the extent that it is available and applicable. The goals and desires of the claimant and the claimant’s family are expressed in the plan. Medical literature is surveyed to reflect current concepts of claimant care management. In addition, in life care planning, consideration is given to changes in a claimant’s needs due to aging and the progression of his or her disability.
The life care plan provided by A.R.S. can be used for services that are needed to prevent or significantly reduce known complications over time. Potential complications associated with the principal diagnoses are discussed, and the care needs related to these complications are projected. The range of services in the geographic area or region, and prevailing costs and standards are utilized to provide an analysis of costs. These costs are typically expressed as present day costs derived from the best available data and resources.
Through the life care plan process, a template for current and future care is developed. The plan serves as a guide for family members, case managers, and health care providers. It is not a prescription for care, but represents a logical blueprint for an individual’s anticipated needs and to provide optimal outcomes, based upon reasonable medical probability and current concepts of care. An individual’s life care plan may be utilized by his or her attorney in seeking compensation for his or her injuries, and may also call for consultation with financial professionals to select appropriate investment strategies to preserve resources over the claimant’s life.
Future Care Cost Assessment
The Future Care Cost Assessment is a comprehensive, detailed assessment that outlines the current and future needs of an individual with a disability and quantifies the costs related to these needs over the individual’s entire life span. Typically, this is completed for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. Future medical and vocational expenses are forecasted with a focus on maximizing independence, minimizing medical complications and, where appropriate, planning for productive work activity. Accommodation, attendant care, transportation, aides to daily living, medical expenses, professional services, education, pharmaceuticals, home modifications, vocational needs, and all other associated costs based on the individual’s disability are addressed.
Formal policy creation
Our policy experts will review your current HR/Disability Management policies and provide you with a full report outlining what improvements can be achieved. We will also work with each employer group individually where no written policies exist, to develop policies unique to your corporate culture and requirements.
A.R.S. Assessment Rehabilitation Services Inc. provides a variety of services to facilitate medical legal casework:
- Medical Legal Examinations, including all medical specialties and para-medical scopes of practice;
- Catastrophic Impairment Assessments by qualified CAT assessors;
- Vocational Services including Psychovocational and Neuropsychovocational Assessments, Labour Market Surveys and Transferrable Skills Analyses;
- Diagnostic Imaging Services;
- Future Care Assessments and Critiques; and
- Excellent customer service and support.
At A.R.S., we pride ourselves on offering clients a trouble-free approach to securing appropriate examiners and to having medical legal examinations and reports completed in a timely fashion. A.R.S. offers access to a wide range of examiners across Canada, fast booking dates and guaranteed report turnaround timeframes.
A.R.S. has a national roster of medical and para-medical experts with whom your requested examinations may be booked.
A.R.S. is uniquely positioned to facilitate expert medical legal services that feature:
- Nationwide evaluators with extensive experience in medical legal reporting within their respective scopes of expertise;
- Highly qualified evaluators in a full range of medical and para-medical disciplines nationwide;
- Evaluators who understand the importance of being available for testimony, should the need arise
- Use of Certified Life Care Planning credentialed evaluators for Future Care Cost Assessments and Critiques;
Catastrophic Medical Evaluators, including the following areas of expertise:
- Neurological Disorders;
- Spinal Cord Injuries;
- Multiple Injuries;
Medical Doctors and Clinical Experts Always Available to Assist:
A.R.S. works closely with medical doctors and clinical experts who routinely assist with complex situations, if the need should arise. If you should have questions or should you require assistance that may benefit from speaking with an experienced clinician, we would be happy to help. We always have a clinical expert available to help answer your medical or clinical questions.
Electronic Document Management:
A.R.S. utilizes state of the art software to safely and securely transfer documents electronically. SecureDox is PIPEDA and HIPAA compliant, providing tracking and confidentiality where email cannot. All medical documents are transferred utilizing this software, which allows A.R.S. to distribute reports directly to the client without the need for couriers.
SecureDox provides an internal auditing system which allows the document submission activity to be tracked. SecureDox also provides a 24-hour notification period that provides notification to A.R.S. when a document has not been opened. Large documents of more than 5,000 pages can be transferred instantaneously and SecureDox can also transfer photographs, audio recordings, or virtually any other electronic medium.