Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Orientation and Mobility Rehabilitation Specialist)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Internal Number: 613480900
This is an internal job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under this announcement. An external announcement will open with the announcement number CBSR-11224926-21-AR. The blind rehabilitation orientation and mobility specialist functions as critical position to facilitate blind rehabilitation for the Veterans at the facility. This position is located at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, MI. This position is organized under the Sensory & Rehabilitation Service. This position will provide comprehensive blind rehabilitation instruction and training including, but not limited to, orientation and mobility to visually impaired Veterans as part of the Advanced Ambulatory Low Vision Clinic program. This position also assists family and staff education for proper safety awareness for visually impaired mobility and environmental issues., private home, VA grounds, nursing home, community sites, and hospitals and community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) and recreational areas. This position works in both an inpatient and outpatient setting at the Saginaw VAMC. The Saginaw VAMC is a level 3 complexity facility, serving a wide range of populations and geographic areas. The position may also provide virtual care as appropriate. Duties include but are not limited to: This position is responsible for functioning as a full team member of the Blind Rehabilitation team. The team is responsible for the total rehabilitation process of assigned patients. This includes independently evaluating patient needs, counseling, developing and individualized treatment plan, implementing this plan, and recommending prosthetic issuance. The blind rehabilitation specialist must demonstrate knowledge of policies and procedures of the blind/vision rehabilitation service. The blind rehabilitation specialist must have knowledge in the administration and interpretation of assessments and evaluations in blind/vision rehabilitation. This includes training persons to independently travel in a safe, efficient, and confident manner, in both familiar and unfamiliar environments. The training focuses on teaching participants to effectively use their remaining senses in combination with protective techniques and assistive devices. Travel devices include: the long cane, support canes, telescopic aids, sunglasses, and alternative mobility devices such as walkers, amigos, and wheelchairs. Travel situations include but are not limited to: navigating inside restaurants and stores, crossing streets at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, locating landmarks and using public transportation. The blind rehabilitation specialist must have the ability to develop a basic written blind/vision rehabilitation plan from assessment results and develop more complex plans with consultation from their supervisor or assigned certified peer. The blind rehabilitation specialist must possess skill in instructing Veterans and families in a meaningful rehabilitation program and applying blind/vision rehabilitation therapeutic techniques. The incumbent requires the ability to recommend appropriate blind/vision prosthetic devices from Veterans within the scope of practice or competency guidelines for standards of care. Work Schedule: 8:00AM to 4:30PM (Monday -Friday) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Orientation and Mobility Rehabilitation Specialist)/PD91326A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.