Hampton VA Medical Center
2011 National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration
Many people may take normal functions of the body such as movement of hands, walking or even sitting up straight for granted.
Veterans with disabilities may often depend on rehabilitation services to help reach independence and increase their quality of life, said Margaret French, supervisor of Occupational Therapy at the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC). Hampton VAMC is recognizing the “2011 National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration” now through Sept. 24.
According to French, the awareness celebration was created by the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation to educate Veterans and staff about the benefits and the impact rehabilitation has among Veterans.
“The rehabilitation services at the Hampton VAMC is composed of medical professionals such as physical therapists, occupational speech, audiologists, language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses and rehabilitation medical doctors,” said French.
French explained that the Rehabilitation Services Department at the Hampton VAMC has both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs for Veterans. Inpatient rehabilitation involves Veterans who enter the medical center because of an illness such as a stroke, and are required to enter rehabilitation to regain the functions they’ve lost. Outpatient rehabilitation is for Veterans who directly contact the VA for a specific rehabilitation service, she explained.
“It has a high impact on our Veterans,” said French, who added it’s exciting to see the Veterans come in and then improve their quality of life.
The Hampton VAMC will recognize the awareness celebration by advertising the awareness week through a series of posters and emails throughout the medical center.
“We want Veterans to know about our services and how they can help them and this is our way of spreading a little awareness throughout rehab week,” said French.