CARF Accredited WorkLife Programs

We provide two programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF): Work Conditioning and Work Hardening WorkLife (Industrial Rehabilitation).

Work Conditioning

The work conditioning program is an individualized, measurable and supervised exercise program with a goal of progressing to gainful employment. The focus is to improve an individual’s overall tolerance and endurance for physical work capacity in the sub-acute stage of recovery.

  • Typically two-to-four hours per day for three-to-four days per week for a duration of  four-to-six weeks.

Work Hardening

The work hardening program is an individualized, comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to restoring work-related function and returning an individual to gainful employment. Activities are focused on improving an individual’s overall activity tolerances, psychosocial well-being, vocational skills and physical work capacities. Task modification, physical conditioning, work simulation and education are the tools used to promote return to work.

  • Typically four-to-eight hours per day for five days per week for approximately six-to-10 weeks.

WorkLife Therapists Providing Care

Chris Miller, O.T.R./L. and program coordinator
Carolyn Gilliam, O.T.R./L., M.H.A. and Physical Medicine manger
Learn more about WorkLife therapists (PDF).

Our Mission

The multi-disciplinary WorkLife team maximizes gainful employment for Fairfield County and the surrounding region through high quality prevention, early intervention and injury management industrial rehabilitation services.

Our Core Values

Work re-entry driven
Outcome focused
Responsive to stakeholders’ needs
Keeping safety and education priority

Program Admission Criteria

  • Unable to complete full work duties due to a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal injury
  • Beyond the acute stage of tissue healing but still experiencing physical deficits
  • No longer requires one-to-one specialized care or modalities for pain reduction
  • Medical, psychological or other conditions do not prohibit participation in intensive program activities
  • A stated desire to return to gainful employment
  • A stated or demonstrated willingness to participate

Additional Services Available

  • Promotion of work-related safety and enhancement of health and well-being.
  • Audiological Testing
  • Custom-Fit Orthotics
  • Ergonomic Study
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
  • Job Analysis
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Post-Offer/Pre-Placement Screening
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Transition Work

Click the images above for 2012 Year-End Reports.

WorkLife services are offered at the Outpatient Therapy Services/SportsClinic/WorkLife office, which is located in the Kroger shopping center on East Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 1143 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Contact: Phone (740) 687-8688 Fax: (740) 687-8857