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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

 

Assistive Technology

Mission

  • To enhance the ability of Veterans and Active Duty Members with disabilities to fulfill life goals through the coordination and provision of appropriate interdisciplinary assistive technology services
  • To serve as an expert resource to support the application of assistive technology within the VA health care system.

About the Program

Assistive Technology logoThe Assistive Technology Program of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service is responsible for evaluation, development and implementation of appropriate assistive technology services, strategies, devices and/or practices to improve the functional challenges faced by service members and veterans in their daily life roles in various environments:

  • Administers and interprets assistive technology evaluation in the following areas of assistive technology:

    • Powered Mobility & Seating
    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices
    • Adaptive Driving Vehicles
    • Specialized Computer Access
    • Electronic Cognitive Devices
    • Electronic Aids to Daily Living
    • Adaptive Sports
  • Adapts and modifies treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Elicits patient participation in implementing assistive technology objectives in restoring or maintaining patient performance.
  • Determines need for appropriate assistive/adaptive devices/equipment and training.
  • Educates patient and family/caregiver in the proper application/installation/use for a specific device(s).

The Assistive Technology Program has staff that provides services in the primary areas of polytrauma, spinal cord injury, mental health, acute care, outpatient, and community living centers.

The Assistive Technology Program provides these services in the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Center AT lab and AT Computer lab; the Community Living Center AT lab and the KT Driving Rehabilitation. In addition, the AT program utilizes the patient open wireless access in these locations as well as on Spinal Cord Service, PM&R Service and Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center for some AT evaluation and training.

The Assistive Technology program offers TeleHealth Services in collaboration with other VA Medical Centers, the Charlottesville CBOC, Fredericksburg CBOC and Emporia CBOC.  In addition, we offer a new program called Clinical Video Telehealth into the Home (CVThm).  This program allows Veterans to access their VA health care providers and receive health care through secure, encrypted video teleconferencing from the comfort and privacy of their own home.  
Links to additional useful information and resources:     www.telehealth.va.gov

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please contact Melissa Oliver, AT Program Coordinator at (804) 675-5000 x2134

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For more information about the Assistive Technology (AT) Program at McGuire VA Medical Center please contact: Melissa Oliver, OTR/L, AT Program Coordinator at 804-675-5000 x2134 or melissa.oliver@va.gov.

For information about other AT Centers across the country within the VA Health Care System, please see the links below:

Contact Info

Location

  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-5000 Ext. 2134

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm