Working despite dialysis
Supported help for employees needing dialysis
In patients needing dialysis the degree of disability according to the viewpoint of the social compensation law and according to the severely disabled law, is always 100. However, returning to employment three to six months after beginning dialysis treatment basically appears possible, even if the physical performance of those affected must be considered considerably limited.
With respect to continuation of the work relationship, firstly from the side of the employee needing dialysis as well as from the side of the employer it must be assessed whether the stress of work with his physical and mental state can be carried without disadvantages for his complete health status, but also without important disturbances for the running of the company.
Workplace organisation measures: It is generally desirable to maintain the previous workplace when continuing employment, although the Main Welfare Office if necessary, must arrange changes at the workplace. Difficult physical activities disappear to avoid unfavourable health conditions at the workplace. Models of part-time work: The employee requiring dialysis can often only continue working with reduced working time because of reduced performance, and also because of the large amount of time taken for carrying out dialysis. Flexible working times are needed.
Financial help for employer and employee: With reduced working times the medical insurances pay partial sick benefits in the context of a stepwise reintegration. Under certain circumstances, with a part-time work relationship the dialysis patient has a claim to an inability to work pension because of a partial decrease in ability to work.
Telework: A further suitable solution for those affected to remain employed is the possibility of telework with a workplace at home. The spokespeople for the disabled have a special position: they should early on explain the possibilities to colleagues with renal disease, of how they can remain employed despite dialysis treatment.