Scheduled For An Assessment?
As a CARF-accredited organization we strive to exceed the expectations of all persons served and make this assessment process as comfortable and transparent as possible. In addition to adhering to the code of conduct of their respective regulatory bodies, all Evolve assessors are thoroughly vetted by Evolve staff prior to being selected. They are educated about Evolve’s internal policies and procedures and are monitored on an ongoing basis for adherence.
Evolve assessors will explain the purpose of and procedures involved in your assessment. This includes who has requested the assessment (for example your insurer or employer) and why they have been asked to assess you. No assessments proceed without your written and verbal INFORMED consent to both the assessment itself and the release of associated reports to your insurer, employer, etc. Throughout the assessment you are encouraged to ask any questions at any time and at no point are you expected to proceed with any line of questioning or examination with which you are uncomfortable. Remember, while the services of Evolve’s assessors have been retained by your insurer/employer, the regulated health professional conducting your assessment must adhere to the impartial, ethical and unbiased standards of his or her regulatory body or college. This is paramount in all assessments conducted by Evolve Assessments and Diagnostics.
If you have any questions prior to your assessment please do not hesitate to contact Evolve and we will do our best to answer them.
Prior to your assessment, remember to bring the following:
- Photo identification
- Medication list
- Additional medical records such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI reports etc
- Hearing aids or eye glasses if used
- Any additional assistive devices used to function
- Comfortable shoes and clothing especially in the case of a Functional Abilities Evaluation
- Medical clearance for Functional Abilities Evaluation should you currently have high blood pressure issues (with recent reading and release from Family Physician if possible)
About Your Assessment
Please select your assessment below:
A Physiatrist is a Medical Doctor (MD) who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. A Physiatry Assessment will focus on medical issues specific to your rehabilitation such as pain syndromes; musculoskeletal function (bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments); and neurological symptomology. A typical Physiatry Assessment will require you to wear an examination gown during physic al examination. The duration of assessment is typically two hours but allow for an extra hour should you require interpreting services or if other complicating factors arise.
An Orthopaedic Assessment is completed by a Medical Doctor (MD) who specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery. An Orthopaedic Assessment will focus on medical issues specific to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the body. This includes the spine and upper and lower extremities. A typical Orthopaedic Assessment will require you to wear an examination gown during physical examination. The duration of assessment is typically two hours but allow for an extra hour should you require interpreting services or if other complicating factors arise.
A Psychological Assessment is completed by a Registered Psychologist. The purpose of a Psychological Assessment is to determine your overall emotional and behavioural well being. To determine this, the Psychologist will use a thorough clinical interview, a review of your medical history/records, and a variety of standardized psychometric inventories (often administered by a psychometrist) which allow him or her to formulate an accurate psychological diagnosis and any resulting emotional or behavioural functional limitations. A Psychological Assessment typically lasts up to four hours.
Comprehensive Catastrophic Assessments
A Neuropsychologist is a Psychologist who is also formally trained in assessing the relationship between the physical brain and behaviour/cognition. Cognition refers to areas such as memory, attention, problem solving, and orientation to place, time, and person. These areas of function can be affected by trauma (i.e. brain injuries), disease, or mental illness. A Neuropsychological Assessment will include a clinical interview, a review of your medical history/records, and the administering of standardized cognitive and psychological inventories. A typical Neuropsychological Assessment lasts up to six hours.
Occupational Therapy Assessment
An Occupational Therapist (OT) is a university trained regulated health professional that specializes in assessing an individual’s ability to perform their activities of daily living (ADL’s) in the areas of self care, productivity, and leisure from a physical, cognitive, and emotional standpoint. An Independent OT Evaluation will involve a clinical interview, musculoskeletal evaluation (strength, range of motion, mobility etc), and functional observation and task analysis (observing you performing your ADL’s). A typical OT Assessment lasts three to four hours but may take longer should the use of interpreting services be required.
Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE)
A Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE) is a thorough and standardized evaluation of your ability to perform a variety of physical tasks including lifting, carrying, walking, sitting, standing, crouching, bending, reaching, climbing, twisting, and grasping. The purpose of an FAE is to determine your ability to perform the essential tasks of a job; your current physical capabilities to assist with identifying future employment; or your ability to perform any activities of daily living (ADL’s). FAE’s are generally conducted by regulated health professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, or Chiropractors. FAE’s require physical exertion over an extended period of time so wearing comfortable clothing and footwear is essential. You can expect a typical FAE to last up to five hours and may be scheduled for one or two days.
A Vocational Assessment is a thorough and standardized evaluation of your interests, skills, aptitudes, previous job experience, and vocational strengths to determine appropriate jobs that match these areas of ability. A Vocational Assessment may also identify suitable areas of retraining that will enable you to secure future employment. Vocational Assessments are conducted by certified vocational evaluators. A Vocational Assessment will involve you completing a thorough interview as well as a variety of “pencil and paper” questionnaires. Typically, Vocational Assessments last up to five hours.
Job Site Analysis (JSA)
A Job Site Analysis is usually completed by an Occupational Therapist or Kinesiologist and ideally occurs at your place of employment if possible. The Occupational Therapist or Kinesiologist identifies the essential duties of the job and the skills and physical demands required to complete these essential duties safely and effectively. Measurements of distances walked, work spaces, and forces required to lift, carry, push, and/or pull are completed. The findings of the JSA help determine your ability to return to your employment.