Returning to Work

Returning to work is a huge step. There are many options for those who are ready and it is important to get support in preparing to return to work.

The combined effects of the physical, cognitive and behavioural changes discussed so far mean that many ABI survivors will be unable to return to work, at least to their former occupation. They will need to consider a range of options according to the extent of their difficulties. These could include returning to work in a reduced capacity (e.g. reduced hours), retraining for alternative work, supported or voluntary work. The most severely affected are unlikely to manage a return to work in any capacity and might consider other options such as attending a day services centre.

It is important to get support in preparing to return to work. A vocational assessment before returning is recommended. The world of work places enormous pressure on people, and it is important to consider how this pressure will affect the individual.