Asking for accommodations
If you have dementia, you may be able to contribute at work. It’s important to inform your employer of your diagnosis early so you can begin to work on accommodations.
Accommodations depend on business type, your employer’s needs and your own. Clearly outlining your condition to your employer can help to find appropriate solutions.
Consider asking an employer for:
- Task reassignment
- A workplace free from distractions - noise, high traffic and bright décor
- Simple written instructions
- Confidentiality of your condition
- Flexible start times
- The option of working from home
- Time off for medical appointments
- Referral to employee assistance programs
What you can do
Take personal steps to improve work performance:
- Use calendars and to-do lists.
- Limit interruption in your work schedule.
- Maintain a familiar routine.
- Create a comfortable workspace that alleviates anxiety and promotes confidence.
- Maintain a simple, uncluttered working environment.
- Set manageable goals.
- Inform trusted coworkers about your diagnosis.
Your company may be unable to accommodate your disability. If so, they would be obliged to meet the applicable conditions of:
- Your collective agreement, if you have one
- The Employment Standards Act
- The Human Rights Code
- The Workers’ Insurance Act
- The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act
You should also take advantage of all employee benefits for which you are eligible.