Integrated Functional Solutions

For Injured Clients: Frequently Asked Questions

Questions relating to a FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION

What is involved in a FCE?

An FCE consists of an interview, a musculoskeletal exam and various physical tests that may simulate your work demands.

What is the purpose of an FCE?

Following an injury, it is important that an accurate and thorough examination of a person's functional ability be completed either prior to returning to work or following completion of a rehabilitation program to ensure that the injured individual is able to safely resume their pre-accident work. In some cases, a person may not be able to return to their pre-injury work, and their residual capabilities need to be established. These are often the reasons for a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) to be completed.

The purpose of a Functional Capacity Evaluation is to determine your physical strengths and limitations in completing various tasks relating to work. As such the testing requires that you participate in a variety of tasks throughout the day. Your safety and well being are of primary concern throughout the day and as such you can be rest assured that you will be treated with respect and dignity. The purpose, and various tasks will be explained and you will have the opportunity to have your questions and concerns answered.

Where is it done?

An FCE is performed in the work assessment centre, located in the Royal Civic Medical Dental Center, our address is Suite 102, 7418 - 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3L6.

How long is the evaluation?

Typically an evaluation is for a full 6 to 7 hour day.

What is required?

Your willingness to participate to the best of your ability to complete various tasks throughout the day. The various tasks will be explained in more detail when you are at the center.

Is there anything I should have ready?

To our valued Clients, in order to have an accurate assessment we would like to request that you prepare for the day by keeping in mind the following:

  1. Please come prepared for a full day assessment, generally this is a 6 or 7 hour evaluation, unless otherwise arranged. Schedule yourself for the full day and allow for adequate travel time to and from the centre.
  2. Wear comfortable, loose clothing that will allow you to move with ease and supportive footwear (i.e. sweat pants, t-shirt and runners).
  3. Please bring a pair of shorts to change into for a portion of the assessment day.
  4. Take your regular medications and bring any medications that you need to take with you.
  5. Bring a list of current medications you are taking.
  6. Bring any adaptive aids you are using or require when working (i.e. knee, back brace, splint, etc)

QUESTIONS RELATING TO A COST OF FUTURE CARE EVALUATION

What is the purpose of a CFC?

The purpose of a Cost of Future Care Evaluation is to determine the injured client's present and future needs.

Where is it done?

This assessment is performed in the individual's home so that their home environment can be carefully considered to determine if present or future home adaptations are necessary to enable the individual to perform daily living tasks as required.

How long is the evaluation?

Typically, a home assessment can take up to 4 hours. This can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the injured client's needs, therefore it would be best to discuss the time requirements directly with the evaluating therapist if there is a concern.

What is required?

The evaluation will consist of an in-depth interview with the individual and if appropriate any caregivers present, a home assessment to determine the needs for present and future home modifications and/or equipment, and functional assessment.

Is there anything I should have ready?

Yes, your therapist may send you specific information prior to the evaluation, or she may contact you be telephone. Some of these items may be as follows:

  • Your current medications, name, dosages and costs if available
  • Names of any care providers (physiotherapist, family physician, specialists, massage therapists, etc) involved in your treatment
  • Any related medical expenditures you have had to undertake

Other considerations

  1. Please schedule adequate time for this evaluation, and allow for extra time in case a longer assessment is required
  2. Take your regular medications