The Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) located in Biloxi, Mississippi provides rehabilitation services across the continuum of care for Veterans or service members with vision loss in Southern Alabama, Southwest Florida, Arkansas, Eastern Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Duties include but are not limited to: Provides direct Veteran care and support services to an adult population of Veterans which is characterized by a very significant number of older Veterans. Review of demographic data discloses that the average age of the GCBRC Veteran is above 60 years with a distribution of 90% male and 10% female. Within these broad categorizations, the incumbent must tailor rehabilitation care and support services are tailored to meet the needs of the individualized Veteran. Evaluating and assessing needs, capabilities and limitations, goal setting and prescribing a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment caused by injury or disease. Blind Rehabilitation Specialists study visual and non-visual barriers and related procedures that result in activity limitations, participation restrictions, loss of vocational and avocational opportunities, and psychological distress. Blind Rehabilitation Specialist must identify the difficulties confronting the Veteran and the barriers to treatment and then develop and provide intervention designed to enhance the blind and vision rehabilitation process. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist develops a treatment plan in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired Veterans through the development of skills and capabilities needed for personal independence, emotional stability and the successful integration into community, family and environment. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist is responsible for using and maintaining technological equipment (discipline specific) necessary to assist in the Veteran's rehabilitation needs and processes such as electronic travel aids, computer assisted technology, closed circuit television, speech output and input devices, large print devices and Braille devices. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist maintains awareness of new technological developments in the field through research and education. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist may serve as a subject matter expert for the other medical and allied health staff by providing counseling to health care providers and professionals on the nature of blindness/visual impairment and Blind and Vision Rehabilitation. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist will work with interns providing mentorship and allowing shadowing opportunities. when assigned the incumbent will review and sign off on intern notes in CPRS. Blind Rehabilitation Specialist is responsible for providing coverage of Veterans' treatment programs during regularly scheduled leave. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist will have knowledge of VHA laws, and VA Medical Center guidance regarding documentation, privacy and Patient Safety Goals to ensure successful accreditation of Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm, times can vary depending on service needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.