- prepares you for working life;
- supports you in starting work or maintaining employment;
The target group of work rehabilitation is individuals of working age (i.e. persons between the age of 16 and retirement age) with decreased working ability who
- have a disability or permanent incapacity for work or partial working ability and
- occupy a position (employee, student, entrepreneur or conscript) or
- are seeking work (registered as unemployed).
Work rehabilitation may be needed to improve mobility skills or speech, to learn to use assistive equipment and to resolve psychological problems. Advice may also be needed to gain motivation and boost self-confidence and to learn to cope with a disability or illness on a daily basis. If necessary, the rehabilitation team can help you integrate into working life by providing advice to the employer on how to organise work more suitably or adjust the working environment.
Work rehabilitation may include the following activities:
- occupational therapy and counselling
- creative art therapy
- speech therapy
- help of a special needs educator
- peer support
- provision of psychological advice
- provision of nursing advice
- provision of social advice
- provision of advice from a doctor (incl. a psychiatrist)
To receive health-care services, rehabilitation and sanatorium treatment, please contact your general practitioner or specialist.
Work rehabilitation activities take place individually or in a group depending on your needs.
Generally, the service may last for up to one year, with the Unemployment Insurance Fund covering up to 1,800 euros for your work rehabilitation.
The rehabilitation service is provided by registered service providers who are licensed by the Social Insurance Board. Once you have agreed with the case manager on your participation in the service, you must register within seven days. You can select a suitable service provider from the list below.
How does the service work?
- A case manager from the Unemployment Insurance Fund assesses your service needs
- You and the case manager agree on the purpose of the rehabilitation
- You select a suitable rehabilitation centre
- You arrange a meeting with the service provider to prepare an action plan or participate in the rehabilitation programme
- The Unemployment Insurance Fund confirms the action plan
- You start participating in the rehabilitation service
If you are employed but need support to continue working due to decreased working ability, contact an appropriate Unemployment Insurance Fund office and make an appointment with a case manager. The contact details of the Unemployment Insurance Fund can be found here: Unemployment Insurance Fund offices
If necessary, you will be paid commuting and accommodation benefits to participate in the rehabilitation service regardless of whether you are registered as unemployed.