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Kansas City VA Medical Center

 

Vision Impairment Services Program VISP

Peple who lose sight often have problems with different functions of daily life. They may rely on others to help with reading, travel, preparing meals, and many other tasks. Our vision and blind rehabilitation services help people regain their independence. This leads to a better quality of life for the Veterans we serve and their families.

VISP Mission

TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO PROVIDE THE SKILLS AND RESOURCES THAT EMPOWER OUR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VETERANS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS OF INDEPENDENCE AND IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE

  • We will continue to provide the finest quality rehabilitative services
  • We will strive to create sincere connections with the veterans whom we serve
  • We will take the time to listen and understand the veteran’s needs and goals so that we may work as a team to provide both comprehensive and exemplary services
  • We will demonstrate professionalism and excellence that exceeds the veteran’s expectations

Who is eligible for care?

All legally blind and visually impaired veterans in VISN 15 are eligible for VISP services. Additionally, veterans with visual dysfunction as a result of a TBI are eligible for services. 

Services Offered

Case Management
Focus – Ensure Veterans with vision loss receive proper care.
Veterans participating in the VISP clinic will work with a case manager who can educate you about your rehabilitation options. Case managers may also review benefits both within and outside the VA system.

Visual Skills
Focus – Use remaining vision to read and perform other daily tasks.
An optometrist and low vision therapist work with each patient in the program. They will help you understand your visual problem. The therapist will then train you to effectively use any remaining sight you may have.

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
Focus – Safe travel without fear of becoming injured or lost
An O&M specialist will help you reach goals related to independent travel. Training may include use of a long cane. We also help people who use walkers or wheelchairs/ scooters. Training may take place in the hospital, your home, or the community.

Living Skills
Focus – To learn how to independently manage daily living needs.
Here you will learn safe, effective ways of caring for yourself and your home. This includes telling time, writing, cooking and cleaning. Many other tasks, such as organizing a work space, are also addressed.

Computer Access Training
Focus – To regain independence and privacy by using technology.
This program teaches basic computer operation. Our computers are adapted for people who have lost vision. With these skills, you may be able to bank online, use the internet and e-mail.

Adjustment
Focus – Coping with vision loss
Many people feel overwhelmed when they lose vision. Other concerns can impact your ability to cope with vision loss. Training may include use of a long cane.

Why Choose The Kansas City VA Hospital?
• No Payment – No co-pay for clinic services or adaptive devices (those prescribed and approved).
• Close to home – Other VA programs providing this level of care are hundreds of miles away.
• Flexible Schedule – Our program more easily fits your lifestyle.
• Quality Staff – We employ some of the best rehab staff in the Midwest.
• Continuum of Care – We work closely with rehabilitation agencies throughout the region. If we believe another facility is better able to meet your needs we will assist you in receiving care at that facility.

Contact Info

Location

  • Kansas City VA
    Room VB-735

Contact Number(s)

  • 816-861-4700 Ext. 55100

Hours of Operation

  • 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.