Injured a knee in September 2018, Micheline Giguère took part in the pilot project put in place at the IRDPQ so that it can regain its work. From December 2019, the patient care attendant is back full-time at the general Hospital, started to take long walks with his dog, and even during formatting, and dance.
January 17, 2020 4: 00
In the full a shortage of labour, the CIUSSS invests in the rehabilitation
Off work for several months after being seriously injured at one knee, Micheline Giguère, no longer had quality of life, both the pain, the suffering. The clerk to the beneficiaries participated in the new program of his employer, the CIUSSS of the National Capital, which has brought the Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec (IRDPQ), for the benefit of its injured employees in order to foster return-to-work quick and long lasting. “A success”, according to Micheline Giguère, who was able to return gradually to the beneficiaries of the general Hospital after only seven weeks.
In September 2018, Micheline Giguère had a fall in her bathroom, which earned him a torn part of the meniscus of his right knee. Finished the job of clerk in a CHSLD, finished the walks with the dog, finished the shopping… simple things like walking, sitting down and standing up had become an ordeal for the energetic wife of 52 years, who has paid out of pocket $ 1000 of physiotherapy treatments, in vain.
Ms. Giguère has attempted a return to work at the beginning of the year 2019, but she had to réarrêter, even if she was assigned to administrative tasks. In September 2019, then she had to resume office duties, he was invited to participate in the pilot project put in place at the IRDPQ so that it can regain its work with beneficiaries in the NURSING homes, a job that she loved and that she still loves him, tells the voluble man in his fifties in an interview to the Sun.
Physiotherapist, kinesiologist and occupational therapist, have been placed at the service of Mrs. Giguère, who has learned how to strengthen his muscles using different exercises. At the end of seven weeks of intensive rehabilitation, the attendant has started, gradually, to work with its beneficiaries in the company of the occupational therapist, who showed him to put into practice the “right movements”.
“I work at night, and the ergo is coming with me at night! It moves in our workplace and in our quarter of work, this is wonderful!” applauded Ms. Giguère, who has also been able to count on a psychologist of the IRDPQ, which would have “very much motivated” in his rehabilitation.
From December 2019, the patient care attendant is back full-time at the general Hospital, started to take long walks with his dog, and even during formatting, and dance. “I have zero pain. This program has really brought back a quality of life that I no longer had them,” said Micheline Giguère, grateful.
From pilot project to permanent program
The CIUSSS of the National Capital, it was explained that the programme was set up in may 2019 in the form of a pilot project. Some 270 000 $ have been invested by the CIUSSS in this voluntary program, which will become permanent from the 1st of April, given its success and given the shortage of labour that is rampant currently in the network. The CIUSSS wants to “take care of [his] world,” says-t-on.
The institution plans to spend half a million $ per year in this rehabilitation program, the specialized and intensive, which emphasizes a “package” approach to improve the condition of injured employees and facilitate return-to-work quick and long lasting. On average, employees who participate in the program to go back to work full-time in three months, says Annie Plamondon, chief of rehabilitation at the CIUSSS of the National Capital.
“When we evaluated the first time, the prognosis is on average 39 weeks of absence [additional]. In 12 to 14 weeks, they are all returned to their position,” compares Ms. Plamondon, stating that the program of IRDPQ is addressed only to employees for whom first-line treatments have not helped to rehabilitate themselves, those whose condition is “stagnating” or does not improve anymore.
So far, 18 employees have participated in the program; 12 have completed “successfully”, that is to say that they have all succeeded in their return to work full-time, and six are still in the process of rehabilitation. Annie Plamondon provides that 25 employees will be availing themselves of the program by 1 April. “Our aim, it is a fifty employees per year”, said Ms Plamondon, according to which the program has “a great success” thanks to the mouth-to-ear in-house.
“The response is very good. All those to whom it is proposed that the programme board. We really don’t have problems recruiting,” says Ms. Plamondon. “It is sure that you see the potential earnings on salary insurance, but at its core, the idea was really to put the expertise of the IRDPQ’s human resources department” and helping employees regain their capacity and their quality of life, ” she said.
According to the CIUSSS, the population is not penalized by this offer of intensive rehabilitation for employees to the extent that the institution has provided for the creation of seven new positions at the IRDPQ from the budget dedicated to the development of human resources. “The project does not touch the budget dedicated to the care and services offered to the population”, assure-t-on.
The CIUSSS is also expected to ensure that the program is self-financing through savings made by insurance wages.