Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
Rehabilitation and Prosthetics
Veterans interested in receiving Rehabilitation Services at our Medical Center must first determine eligibility by calling 1-877-228-0549, then press 1 for eligibility.
Our staff is a group of very experienced professionals who add diversity to our program through many different areas of expertise to include:
- Audiology (hearing)
- Kinesiotherapy (exercise)
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Speech therapy
- Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST)
You will need a consult from your Primary Care Provider to receive these services.
Evaluation and treatment of Veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus is provided. Services include diagnostic auditory assessment, provision of hearing aids, assistive alerting devices and auditory rehabilitation.
The National Hearing Aid Program (VANHAP) is a comprehensive hearing aid and related services program designed to ensure that high quality hearing aids and clinical services are provided to Veterans with hearing loss. Each year, VA evaluates hearing aid technology with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and establishes national contracts for products of high technical quality that meet Veterans' needs. These hearing aid devices are individually fitted to compensate for each Veterans' hearing loss by audiologists in VA Audiology clinics which meet criteria as hearing aid dispensing programs.
VANHAP is the only program of its kind in the country, receiving wide acclaim from clinical, academic, governmental, and consumer groups for the quality of service to Veterans. VANHAP is directed by the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service, in coordination with Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS), with operational support from the Office of Acquisition and Material Management's Denver Distribution Center.
Kinesiotherapy is the application of scientifically based exercise principles adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of individuals with functional limitations or those requiring extended physical conditioning.
Occupational Therapy (OT)Occupational Therapists assist patients in reestablishing their ability to carry on "life occupations" through instruction in compensatory techniques and/or adaptive devices and nurturing of life skills.
Physical Therapy (PT)Physical Therapists are health care professionals who treat patients of all ages who have medical problems or other health related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs also help prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness programs that achieve health and active lifestyles. PTs examine individuals and develop plans using treatment techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.
Recreation Therapy (RT)
Recreation Therapists provide treatment and recreation services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions. The purpose of treatment services are to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate with goals of improving function and independence as well as reducing or eliminating the effects of illness or disability. The purpose of recreational services is to provide recreation resources and opportunities in order to improve health and well-being.
Speech Therapists assist with speech, communication and swallowing problems and provide treatment through the use of specialized techniques and equipment.
Services are provided by an inter-disciplinary team of Board Certified physicians, licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, registered occupational therapists, social workers, nursing, psychologists, recreational therapists and speech language pathologists.
- Cerebro Vascular Accidents (Stroke)
- Orthopedic Conditions
- General De-conditioning
Rehabilitation Unit is part of Service and as such, services rendered may be subject to co-payment depending on service-connection status and/or income. Your individual payment responsibility will be disclosed prior to your agreement in receiving services. In addition, if you carry private insurance, your insurance company may be billed for services.
- Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
- 877-228-0549 Ext. 1
Hours of Operation
- Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm