Vocational rehabilitation is worthwhile
Vocational rehabilitation methods
An employee’s return to work after a long sick leave can, in many cases, be facilitated through workplace rehabilitation methods, such as a work trial or work coaching. This can be realised, for example, by reducing the individual’s working hours or lightening the work tasks for the duration of the work trial period. The aim of the work trial can also be to provide the employee with an introduction to new work tasks that are better suited to the current health situation. The duration of workplace rehabilitation is generally 3–6 months.
In terms of vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation in the workplace is always the primary action. If the employee’s former job or profession is no longer compatible with his/her health situation and it is not possible to reposition the individual through workplace rehabilitation, Elo can support training for a new profession. The training can be carried out as further or continued education or in the form of a longer vocational training programme, such as apprenticeship training. The duration of the training is a maximum of 4.5 years.
Elo can provide a business subsidy to support someone in establishing their own company, changing the direction of already established business activities in order to make them more suitable for the person’s health situation, or conducting independent professional activities. In order to be eligible for the subsidy, the business must have an adequate foundation for operations. The business subsidy can also be granted towards the acquisition of work equipment and machinery related to the professional activities.