The position provides rehabilitation services to a broad scope of veterans including those struggling with beginning visual problems through legal blindness and works with Eye Care Team and may interact with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurology, Primary Care, Audiology and Speech, Social Work, and other services agencies of Veterans Affairs and the community. Interpreting all documentation prior to admission to program and interpreting evaluations, assessments, medical, and other appropriate professional documentation on an on-going basis during the patient's program. Interpreting policies and directives to veterans assigned to the rehabilitation team. Assessing the patient's background, interest, future plans, motivation, needs, and capabilities for training with regard to the Low Vision discipline. Evaluating the patient's current visual functioning level in order to provide information to other professional staff for treatment planning purposes. Evaluating visual functioning utilizing specialized tests and procedures. Evaluating with other team members and any ancillary staff as needed (e.g. psychology, optometry, neurology, etc.) the patient's mental ability, visual functioning, tactual perception, memory, spelling, study habits, orientation and mobility capabilities, and overall potential. Upon completion of the low vision functional evaluation, works with the team to develop a rehabilitation plan based on assessment results, patient goals, patient needs, and any additional impairment. Providing instruction in the use of Low Vision devices to include near, intermediate, and distance devices and their practical applications according to individual needs. Recommending appropriate prosthetic devices to meet individual needs. May be called upon to provide consultation, assessment and instruction to other team members or individuals who are not members of the team. Counseling patients as to the advantages and limitations of the various Low Vision techniques and optical devices. Providing on-going counseling to individual patient's regarding their progress and potential. Determining when a patient has met his full potential in vision rehabilitation or when instruction should be terminated due to lack of progress. Documenting, in written form, the patient's progress, and any problems that have occurred, steps that have been taken to overcome these problems, and current treatment plan. Conducting an educational program for the patient's family member or significant other to assist them in obtaining a better understanding of the veteran's sight loss. This includes an in ]depth explanation of low vision instruction and counseling the participant regarding the veteran's visual capability by utilizing visual simulators and any adaptive techniques and/or devices used during training. Participating in intra-center training in order to become proficient in other aspects of the vision rehabilitation training program (e.g. cross training in basic Living Skills and Orientation and Mobility disciplines). Upon completion of training, the instructor may be called upon to teach or assist in teaching in some aspects of these areas as needed. Keeping abreast of current literature, teaching strategies, and technological advances specific to Low Vision. Responsible for designing Low Vision simulators that represent as close as possible the veteran's unique sight loss for use by the individuals participating in the Family Training Program. Attending staff meetings, actively participating in all team meetings and preparing a treatment plan, progress notes and summaries for inclusion in the final summary. Acts as a mentor to other blind rehabilitation specialists and interns within the program. Assisting in the development of low vision discipline instructional material for each of the low vision prosthetic devices being issued by the center as well as newly approved devices that will be issued in the future. Assisting in the evaluation of new devices and techniques relevant to Low Vision. Preparing, lecturing and demonstrating low vision devices and treatment techniques to clinical trainees, family members, community agencies, and persons on VA educational details. Assist with and/or provide orientation and mobility training in the absence of an orientation mobility specialist. Serves, as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team for all veterans assigned to the team. Assisting in the Eye Clinic as needed. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Authorized
Internal Number: 599568500
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