November is COPD Awareness Month
November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month and approximately 30 million Americans suffer from this lung disease. In its basic stages, COPD causes difficulty breathing due to inflamed airways. Severe COPD can impair a person’s ability to hold a normal job, as even light exertion such as taking a shower can create severe shortness of breath.
The Social Security Administration is working on raising awareness of COPD and how employers can help provide accommodations to workers suffering from the condition. The Job Accommodation Network has several suggestions for helping people with COPD continue or return to work.
- Reduce the amount of walking or movement the employee must undergo in a normal workday.
- Improve the air quality in the workspace with filters, restricting smoking and fragrance uses.
- Provide humidity controls as necessary.
- Allow for extra break time for medication administration or for the employee to get fresh air.
- Adjust sick day policies or allow for alternative working arrangements on poor air quality days.
Providing additional assistance and amenities to disabled employees is one way that employers can help keep more Americans in the workforce and off disability benefits.
However, not all disabling conditions can be accommodated for in the workplace. When a person has a disability so severe that they are absolutely unable to work even with assistance and accommodations, they may qualify for support from Social Security.
The Disability Help Group Can Identify Your Vocational Limitations
Proving that you are unable to work at any job you held in the past, and cannot perform any other job for which you are qualified, due to your disability is critical to winning your disability benefit claim. If your claim was denied due to vocational reasons, contact us online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!