Career Tips for People with a Bleeding Disorder
You should explore career options based on your interests and skills. Also, you may want to think about what you want from a career and a potential employer or work environment—such as salary, company size, work hours, and benefits. You may also need to carefully consider how a bleeding disorder could affect your career choice.
1. Consider Physical Demands
When evaluating job options, you should consider avoiding1,2:
- Work that puts stress on joints, such as jobs that involve a lot of heavy lifting or bending
- High-impact occupations like construction and contact sports
- Potentially hazardous occupations with increased risk of injury
2. Insure Your Future
Before you accept any offers, review the employer's health insurance plan and evaluate how much of your treatment and medical care will be covered. The following questions will help you assess your plan3:
- Does the plan cover factor?
- Will you be able to keep your existing doctors and does the plan include your hemophilia treatment center (HTC)?
- Does the plan have a lifetime limit or cap?
- How much are the premiums, annual deductible, and out-of-pocket costs?
3. Locate the Nearest Hemophilia Treatment Location
If you get a bleed while at work or need extra assistance, you want to make sure there is a treatment center that you can get to easily. Find the nearest HTC in your city.
You should check to see if your job location has a health office or nurses' station in case you get a bleed at work. That way, you know exactly where to go in order to treat yourself
4. Find Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
Rehabilitation counselors work with you to help find a job that is compatible with a bleeding disorder. Vocational rehabilitation programs provide services including counseling, evaluation, training, and job placement for people with disabilities.3
Find vocational rehabilitation programs in your area or contact your treatment center for more information on vocational rehabilitation programs.
As with any decision affecting your medical care, you should always consult with your physician beforehand.
- O'Connell D. Career Decisions for Teens with Bleeding Disorders. HemAware. July 2009. http://www.hemaware.org/story/career-decisions-teens-bleeding-disorders. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Fitzwater M. Questions to ask about your health insurance. Horizons in Hemophilia, Spring 2007. Hemophilia of Georgia. http://www.hog.org/publications/detail/questions-to-ask-about-your-health-insurance. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rehabilitation Counselors. In: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/rehabilitation-counselors.htm. Accessed January 26, 2017.