Vocational Rehabilitation for Patients

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ESRD Network 16 strives to promote optimal care for individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease.  Optimal care not only includes safe and quality care, but must also include efforts to improve patient independence, quality of life, and rehabilitation. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides a path to reduce the impact of kidney disease on your lifestyle and income. See below for patient resources to assist you in returning to work or school..


VR Resources for Patients

Guide to Working with Your Local VR Offices or EN
VR for People on Dialysis Living in Rural Areas - English | Spanish
Transplant Candidates & Those with New Transplants
VR Success Stories
Working While Disabled: How We Can Help* – A Social Security Publication
Understanding the Benefits* – A Social Security Publication
Social Security Administration Fact Sheet* – 2020 Social Security changes
Keeping Your Job When You Need Dialysis – Anemia, income and treatment options fact sheet
VR Brochure (Trifold) - English | Spanish

*Available in other languages at https://www.ssa.gov/

 Find a State VR or Employment Network Counselor 

The Network wants to support your efforts in regards to vocational rehabilitation and to help address any barriers.  If you have any suggestions/comments or would like technical assistance on this matter, please give call Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW, Patient Services Director, at 1 (800) 262-1514.



Page updated January 9, 2020