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Vocational Rehabilitation

These are programs, agencies or organizations that help individuals remain employed, retrain for other jobs, or otherwise help achieve the best quality of life you can.

The ESRD Conditions for Coverage specify that social workers should provide services that maximize the social functioning of the patient [Code 494.80 (a), (13); Code 494.90 (ad) (8)]. Social work efforts to promote vocational rehabilitation, including patients with job retention strategies, making referrals to job training, and employment counseling/placement services are important interventions in trying to improve the social functioning of patients; who are in their prime working years.

Below is the 2013 Vocational Rehabilitation Packet, which contains materials and resources to assist you in your vocational intervention with your patients:

ESRD Network 18 of Southern California

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Memo
  • Guidelines for Assessment and Referral to Vocational Rehab
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Best Practices Checklist
  • Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Website Resources
  • Ticket to Work Program Information
  • Guide to Working with Your Local Vocational Rehabilitation Office
  • California Department of Rehabilitation South Region Offices (By County) Listing

Life Options

  • Building Quality of Life: A Practical Guide to Renal Rehabilitation
  • Employment: A Kidney Patient’s Guide to Working and Paying for Treatment

Medical Education Institute (MEI)

Social Security Administration

State of California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation



Treatment Modalities

Resources/Educational materials regarding treatment modality below:

ESRD Network 18 of Southern California

  • ESRD Treatments Additional Resource List
  • “PAC Fact #2: What is Vascular Access?” (Español)
  • Grievance Brochure

American Association of Kidney Patients

  • Understanding Your Hemodialysis Access Options (Español)
  • Understanding Your Peritoneal Dialysis Options (Español)

Arteriovenous Fistula First

  • Conquering Your Fistula Fear
  • Fistula or Catheter: The Patient’s Perspective
  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access Flyer (Español)
  • Navigating the Vascular “SEAS”

Life Options

  • Help, I Need Dialysis Flyer

Home Dialysis Central

Medical Education Institute (MEI)

  • Home Dialysis Central Postcard
  • Home Treatments Compared: Pluses & Minuses
  • Kidney School Postcard
  • Medicare 101 for People on Home Dialysis
  • Method to Assess Treatment Choices
  • What is Daily Home Hemodialysis?
  • What is Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis?
  • What is Peritoneal Dialysis?
  • What is Standard Home Hemodialysis?

National Institute of Transplantation (NIT)

  • Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation: An Option for Diabetic with Advance Kidney Disease
  • Transplantation: An Option for Advanced Kidney Disease (Español)

National Kidney Foundation

  • Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure
  • Peritoneal Dialysis: What You Need to Know (Español)

Northwest Renal Network

  • The Importance of Washing Your Access


  • United General Awareness: At Home at Last
  • Get the Facts
  • Introducing NxStage System One
  • The Life Changing Benefits of Daily Home Hemodialysis
  • Making Home Hemodialysis a Reality



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