Supporting Patients with Disabilities: Helpful Tips for Medical Providers

As a medical provider, your primary focus is to provide support and assistance to individuals facing various health challenges; however, it’s important to recognize that many of your patients may also be dealing with disabilities that impact their ability to work and navigate daily life. As trusted partners in their journey to better health, you have a unique opportunity to assist patients in accessing disability benefits that can provide crucial support during challenging times.

Recognizing Eligibility for Disability Benefits

Understanding who may be eligible for social security disability benefits is key in leading individuals to the support they need. By identifying those who meet the criteria for SSDI benefits, you can connect them with essential resources. 

Here are a few key things to look out for when identifying individuals who may be eligible for disability benefits:

1. Individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition that’s expected to last at least 1 year or result in death. 

2. Those whose medical condition significantly impacts their ability to perform daily activities or work-related tasks.

3. Individuals with limited income and resources who may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Be sure to visit the Social Security Administration’s website for a full list of eligibility requirements and qualifying disabilities. Familiarizing yourself with these guidelines will help you identify those in need and lead them in the right direction. This proactive approach can help alleviate financial strain and ensure your patients receive the assistance they require to maintain their stability and well-being.

How You Can Assist

Once you can identify those who may be eligible for disability benefits, here are three action steps that you can take to ensure these individuals and their families have access to helpful resources:

1. Education: Offer information and resources regarding available disability benefits. Empowering clients with knowledge about their options enables them to make informed decisions about their financial future. To assist you further, we’ve compiled lists of local resources. Explore our Toledo Referral Guide and the Northeast Ohio Community Resource Guide to get started.

2. Referrals: Connect patients with trusted disability advocates and legal professionals who have experience navigating the disability benefits system. These knowledgeable attorneys can provide personalized guidance and support that is tailored to each client’s unique needs.

3. Advocacy: Serve as advocates for patients throughout the disability benefits application process. This may involve assisting individuals in gathering essential medical documentation and other pertinent information to substantiate their disability claims.

Empowering Clients for the Future

By helping patients with disabilities access the benefits they need, you are giving them added value that makes a significant difference in their lives. Disability benefits provide crucial financial support, promoting stability for individuals who are unable to work due to their disability.

At Roose & Ressler, we understand the importance of collaboration between patients’ medical providers and their disability advocates. Together, we can work to ensure they receive the support and assistance needed to thrive. If you’re a medical provider looking to support your patients in accessing disability benefits, don’t hesitate to reach out.

The Roose & Ressler Team is located in Lorain, Toledo, and Wooster, Ohio. You can count on us as your local disability specialist to analyze your case thoroughly in order to determine what is necessary for you to receive benefits. We assess the best methods to prove the crucial facts of your case and gather the necessary evidence. Having 40+ years of experience serving Northern Ohioans, we know the ins and outs of the local disability process.

Access our free tool:

Guide to Preparing and Applying for
Social Security Disability

For something this important, trust the team that knows.

We know our way around the process. We know what works and what doesn’t. We know specifically how to handle cases in northern Ohio and have four locations to serve you.

Hiring Roose & Ressler can alleviate the feeling of being alone throughout the process. We act as your point person and will be here to answer all your questions. We’ll make sure you meet the necessary deadlines and requirements for the appeals process.

If you’re ready to get started, call us for a free consultation.