About CWR

About the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc.

The Fontana Center and the Center for Work Rehabilitation (CWR) are two halves of the same business. Founded in 1986 by Paul Fontana, OTRL, FAOTA, the Center for Work Rehabilitation was established to enlist the expertise of occupational therapists to heal workers injured on the job and make the workplace safer.

The Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. is a comprehensive industrial occupational therapy rehabilitation facility. Our founder Paul Fontana, OTRL, FAOTA looked at other occupational and physical therapy clinics who were working in Work and Industry in Louisiana and realized that one key thing was missing: conditions and equipment that closely simulate everyday work activities and environments as well as the experience to excel in this area of practice.

With a passion for helping others and expertise in the most effective occupational therapy methods used in Work and Industry, the dedicated occupational therapists at the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. are experts in Workforce Injury Management.

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Our Industrial Rehabilitation Facility

The Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. in Louisiana is located in the 22,000 square foot Fontana Center in Lafayette, LA. We are the only occupational therapy clinic in Louisiana with 6,500 square feet of non-climate-controlled space specifically dedicated and designed to provide real work simulation. Whereas other therapy clinics can offer physical and occupational therapy and Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs), we’re the only ones who can provide our clients with industrial rehabilitation programs that simulate actual work environments and duties to get reliable and lasting results.

With many jobs, it is imperative that workers are able to function in the Gulf Coast climate. Our facilities allow our occupational therapists to fully evaluate their clients’ physical capabilities and develop specific client-centered programs to get each individual right where they need to be quicker and more confidently.

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Functional Capacity Evaluations and Post Hire Assessments

An FCE is a comprehensive evaluation to objectively measure the level of function of an individual at a point in time in order to help determine if that individual can physically perform the duties of their job at that same point in time.

Whether the individual is in sedentary office work or medium to heavy level industrial work, being able to endure the specific physical demands of their work while remaining productive and free from the risk of injury to self or others is key to workforce satisfaction and safety.

An FCE measures all parameters of strength, endurance, physical demand work level, and positional tolerance. Unfortunately, many health care providers lack the ability to truly completely and objectively evaluate their clients’ abilities and the scope of their limitations. Generally, physical therapy clinics conduct post-hire assessment tests that take less than an hour to complete, in a climate-controlled space. For many of our clients working jobs that require heavy outdoor manual labor, these conditions simply cannot simulate actual work conditions. If you’re unable to observe the effects of the environment on your client, then your evaluation is based on speculation. This has the danger of releasing clients to work who may not be able to safely and efficiently perform their duties.

You can’t gamble with your or your employees’ health, especially when it comes to their livelihood. That’s why in 1986 Paul Fontana especially designed the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. so that there is 6,500 square feet of non-climate-controlled evaluation space and equipment available. This real-life simulation of working experience in the Gulf Coast climate allows the occupational therapists to observe each patient in a more natural work environment, and develop plans to identify and target their weaknesses and limitations. Our outstanding knowledge and experience, paired with our individual evaluations and compassion for our clients, make us Louisiana’s premier industrial occupational therapy clinic.

Our Post-Hire Assessments show a clear difference: our clients participate in 3.5 to 4 hours of simulated work activities. Similarly, whereas other clinics might offer three to four hours of Functional Capacity Evaluations, ours are a minimum of eight hours per day over the course of multiple days, allowing us to fully observe a client’s physical capabilities to sustain work.

This guarantees that we have the data to defend the results of our evaluation and to prescribe a way forward for our clients.

An FCE is a comprehensive evaluation to objectively measure the level of function of an individual at a point in time in order to help determine if that individual can physically perform the duties of their job at that same point in time.

Whether the individual is in sedentary office work or medium to heavy level industrial work, being able to endure the specific physical demands of their work while remaining productive and free from the risk of injury to self or others is key to workforce satisfaction and safety.

An FCE measures all parameters of strength, endurance, physical demand work level, and positional tolerance. Unfortunately, many health care providers lack the ability to truly completely and objectively evaluate their clients’ abilities and the scope of their limitations. Generally, physical therapy clinics conduct post-hire assessment tests that take less than an hour to complete, in a climate-controlled space. For many of our clients working jobs that require heavy outdoor manual labor, these conditions simply cannot simulate actual work conditions. If you’re unable to observe the effects of the environment on your client, then your evaluation is based on speculation. This has the danger of releasing clients to work who may not be able to safely and efficiently perform their duties.

You can’t gamble with your or your employees’ health, especially when it comes to their livelihood. That’s why in 1986 Paul Fontana especially designed the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. so that there are 7,000 square feet of non-climate-controlled evaluation space and equipment available. This real-life simulation of working experience in the Gulf Coast climate allows the occupational therapists to observe each patient in a more natural work environment, and develop plans to identify and target their weaknesses and limitations. Our outstanding knowledge and experience, paired with our individual evaluations and compassion for our clients make us Louisiana’s premier industrial occupational therapy clinic.

Our Post-Hire Assessments show a clear difference: our clients participate in 3.5 to 4 hours of simulated work activities. Similarly, whereas other clinics might offer three to four hours of Functional Capacity Evaluations, ours are a minimum of eight hours long over the course of multiple days, allowing us to fully observe a client’s physical capabilities to sustain work.

This guarantees that we have the data to defend the results of our evaluation and to prescribe a way forward for our clients.

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Who We Serve

While a majority of our clients work in the oilfields of the Gulf of Mexico, our programs are designed for anyone in any job, sedentary, or heavy labor level. Whether you’re in office work or heavy industrial work, we have a program to serve you. We serve workers in the oil & gas industry, municipalities, manufacturing, utility companies, hospitals, schools and anywhere your environment, tasks, and physical motions can result in strain or injury.

Our therapists are also skilled in helping develop better work environments, including ADA compliance and ergonomic consultations. We work with HR managers, risk managers, safety representatives, and more to ensure the safety and well-being of every employee on-site.

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Our Programs and Services

The Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. with a clinic in Lafayette, LA offers an array of specially-designed programs for occupational rehabilitation and workforce issues:

  • Work Hardening

  • Functional Capacity Evaluations

  • ADA and Ergonomic Consultation

  • Job Description Development

  • Post Offer/Post Hire Testing

  • Expert Witness Testimony and Consulting

Your Injury Prevention Partner

Our injury prevention programs proactively prevent injuries by starting from the ground up.

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