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Functional Capacity Evaluations / Functional Abilities Evaluations

A clinic-based functional assessment conducted by our FCE certified occupational therapists at our clinic located at 1431 Corydon Ave in Winnipeg or at our partnering clinic located at Steelcity Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre in Selkirk, Manitoba.


An FCE is a method of measuring an individual's ability to perform specified tasks on a safe and defendable basis. The resulting report provides objective information about an individual's current abilities to perform work tasks and activities.  These activities include lifting, pushing, pulling, and repetitive tasks for the upper extremities, precision tasks and postural tolerances (such as sitting, standing and walking).  Standardized measures of consistency of effort and a symptom report are incorporated into the assessment protocol.

The purpose of an FCE is to collect information about the functional limitations of a person with a medical impairment. In addition, the FCE can be used to determine if the individual will be safe in performing various job tasks and if job accommodations will be required.  

As occupational therapists, we consider psychosocial factors that may be presenting barriers to function and return to work potential. We can also recommend rehabilitation strategies to improve functional tolerances and performance, such as direct therapy to improve mental health, activation, or visual and vestibular tolerance as required, ensuring a successful return to work experience.

Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluations

A CogFCE is a specific Functional Capacity Evaluation that assesses the functional impairment of a client’s memory, attention, planning, problem-solving, learning, impulsivity, and tolerance for multiple demands. The evaluation includes a variety of standardized assessments and functional assessments conducted in the clinic and in the client's home/community. The evaluation report will outline the impact of any changes in cognitive function and recommend customized strategies to accommodate or minimize the condition.  This assessment is often used for vocational planning and job matching. It is most often conducted in combination with the physical FCE.

We offer both Baseline and Job-Specific FCE's, depending on the customer's referral questions. To meet our customer's growing demand for these services we now have 4, Matheson Certified FCE evaluators ready to respond to your FCE requests! Call us today to book your next FCE.


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