A disability affects your medical, emotional, financial, and social well-being. The following steps will help you manage your disability absence:
A notebook or folder can help to organize all of your paperwork related to your disability. This includes letters, medical records, ID cards, insurance forms, record of phone calls with contacts and phone numbers. Use this notebook as a diary, as well! Many people feel it helps them to write down how they are feeling.
Learn all you can about your medical condition
Being well informed about your condition helps you feel in control of your recovery. And it makes you a better partner with your physician(s) and treatment providers.
Learn about your insurance benefits
- If you have Aetna disability insurance, you may be eligible for medical case management. We’ll also connect you to return-to-work support.
- Find out what’s covered by your health insurance and what’s not. If you don’t understand your written plan of benefits, call the company’s toll-free number (usually listed on your ID card) and ask questions.
Find helpful resources
Maybe you need help arranging a ride to therapy. Or a change at your workplace so you can get back to doing your job. We can help. You can even get training to learn new skills if you can’t return to your old job.
You get support with:
- Resume preparation and interview training
- Job placement
- Exercise programs
- Worksite modifications
There’re also many community, government and private resources that can provide services to help you.
- Contact the Social Security Administration – it provides a variety of income replacement and medical coverage benefits to qualified applicants.
- Contact your state’s Department of Social Services or Department of Health & Welfare. These departments may also offer income replacement and medical coverage benefits to qualified applicants.
- Contact your local office of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for services that assist people with disabilities in their efforts to return to work. This is a federally funded and state-funded program, and they have an office in every major town in the United States.
- Find ways to have groceries, medicines, and other supplies delivered to you.
- Contact your local high school and colleges for young people willing to do odd jobs — yard work, driving the kids, moving furniture, etc.
- Look for local services such as Dial a Ride, Meals on Wheels and Libraries on Wheels. Your local Department of Social Services is a great resource.
- Contact your local Visiting Nurses’ Association — it may provide education and programs to help you.