The steps of your rehabilitation with Varma
Back to work with help from Varma
Vocational rehabilitation can help you turn setbacks caused by an illness into a win if you have not reached retirement age and an illness or injury threatens your workability. Rehabilitation can even lead to a new career path.
Varma ensures your income during rehabilitation by means of, for instance, a rehabilitation allowance. After your rehabilitation, you can continue working and grow your pension.
You received a positive rehabilitation decision, what happens now?
Are you under your minimum age of eligibility for old-age pension?
Are you currently working, or has it been less than 2.5 years since you stopped working?
Do you have a profession and at least around five years of work experience?
Do your earnings over the last five years total at least €34,910 (2017)?
Does an illness or injury limit your ability to perform your current work tasks?
Are you prepared to first discuss, at work (e.g. in an occupational health negotiation) and with a physician, the possibility of being rehabilitated?
Are you prepared to obtain a Medical Statement B before applying for rehabilitation?
Are you prepared to present your plan for returning to work either in your application or later, if necessary with the assistance of a rehabilitation specialist or a job coach?
Vocational rehabilitation is probably not the right option for you. If you are not sure, feel free to contact Varma’s Advisory Services.
You should consider applying for vocational rehabilitation. Learn about the different rehabilitation options.
We will pay the benefit after we have given you a separate decision on the payment of rehabilitation allowance or a rehabilitation increment.
If your income before the start of rehabilitation consisted of wages/salary, a daily sickness allowance or unemployment allowance, we will pay you a rehabilitation allowance. Be sure to inform the payer of your daily allowance that the rehabilitation allowance has started!
If you have not yet applied for rehabilitation, you can calculate or order an estimate of the rehabilitation allowance on our eServices.
If you are already receiving the cash rehabilitation benefit, we will pay you an additional 33 per cent rehabilitation increment for the duration of your rehabilitation.
If you receive a rehabilitation allowance or rehabilitation increment from us, you may be entitled to compensation for your commuting and studying expenses.
When you apply for compensation for travel and living expenses related to studying, work trials and job coaching, create a commuting invoice on our eServices.
The benefits will be deposited into your account within roughly two weeks of your application. Compensation paid to rehabilitants (pdf)
Rehabilitation assistance for no more than 3 months if you have received a preliminary rehabilitation decision from us and you are not entitled to any other income. You can apply for assistance equal to disability pension by sending in an open application.
A business subsidy for entrepreneurs to help start up, develop or continue a business. Please contact your personal rehabilitation specialist.
If you already have a clear plan regarding your rehabilitation, enter the information in the application; e.g. the dates and tasks of a work trial that you have agreed on with your employer. If you do not have a plan yet, you can apply for a preliminary decision on your entitlement to rehabilitation. Together with the rehabilitation decision, you will receive information concerning your personal rehabilitation specialist at Varma.
We will process your application usually in less than three weeks.
1. Find out what the vocational rehabilitation options are. 2. Get a Medical Statement B. 3. Make an electronic application.Go to the application
Begin planning your rehabilitation as soon as possible after you receive a preliminary decision on your entitlement to rehabilitation supported by Varma. The preliminary decision is valid for approx. ten months.
Planning often starts in co-operation between you, your workplace HR administration and occupational health care as a part of occupational health negotiations (pdf).
1. Learn about the different rehabilitation options
Your initiative in drawing up a rehabilitation plan is the key to your success in returning to work. If you find it difficult to create a plan, however, you can contact your personal rehabilitation specialist by phone. If necessary, we will hire a rehabilitation partner to help you draw up a plan.
2. Draw up a rehabilitation plan online
Once we have approved your plan and your rehabilitation has started, we will begin paying you a rehabilitation allowance and compensation for expenses.
See what rehabilitation income consists of
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