The position provides inpatient low vision therapies, through the Visual Skills Department, to Veterans and active duty service members who are enrolled in an inpatient rehabilitation program at the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC). Most duties are performed within the WBRC, on VA grounds, and occasionally in the surrounding community. The WBRC is part of the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System located in Palo Alto California, the heart of Silicon Valley. The Visual Skills Instructor responsible for functioning as a full member of an interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Team. The team is responsible for the total rehabilitation process of assigned patients. The incumbent assesses the patient's background, interests, future plans, motivation, needs, and aptitude; evaluates the patient's functional visual capabilities with standard low vision optical, electronic, and non-optical devices; determines appropriate instructional techniques, implements training plans, and continues to reassess patient's needs and goal attainment throughout the rehabilitation process; creates an individualized rehabilitation plan, prepares progress notes and patient treatment summaries documenting patient progress, problems and actions taken to resolve difficulties, changes in treatment plan, and discharge summaries. The incumbent applies a working knowledge of eye physiology, disorders of visual perception, and has the ability to counsel and educate the patient, family members, clinical trainees, as well as other designated VA employees; act as patient coordinator on behalf of the treatment team; participate in staff meetings, serve as department lead in the absence of the supervisor, and fulfills other duties as assigned. The Visual Skills Instructor works with Veterans and Active Duty Service Members whose vision has been effected by conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract, albinism, retinitis pigmentosa, brain injury, and other causes of vision impairment. While some WBRC patients manifest only vision loss as their medical condition others have multiple medical, psychological, and/or cognitive conditions in addition to vision loss; the Blind Rehabilitation Specialist must identify the difficulties confronting the patient, the barriers to treatment, and develop and provide interventions designed to enhance the blind rehabilitation process. The complexity of the impact of vision loss often necessitates innovative approaches to resolve critical issues in the provision of effective rehabilitation. 1.Reviewing and interpretation of all pertinent patient documentation and records, pre-admission. 2.Acting as Patient Coordinator, when assigned, for the rehabilitation team; coordinating the overall blind rehabilitation experiences for a successful completion, interpreting all VA & WBRC policies and directives to the patient. 3.Evaluating the patient's current visual functioning utilizing specialized tests and procedures to determine the extent of residual vision, functional loss, potential to benefit from low vision intervention with training and devices, and to determine individual needs as well as to provide information to other professional staff for treatment planning purposes. 4.Documenting, in accordance with established recording standards and procedures, all services performed on behalf of the patient: on-going progress, issues as they occur, steps towards issue resolution, and current treatment plan. 5.Conducting an educational program for the patient's family member or significant other to assist them in obtaining a better understanding of the patient's sight loss; this includes an in-depth explanation of low vision instruction and counseling the participant regarding the patient's visual capability by utilizing visual simulators and any adaptive techniques and/or devices used during training. 6.Attending general staff meetings, actively participating in all team meetings and preparing a treatment plan, progress notes and summaries for inclusion in the final summary as required by the center's policy and procedures. 7.Assisting in the development of low vision discipline instructional material for each of the low vision prosthetic devices being issued by the center as well as newly approved devices that will be issued in the future. 8.Assisting Research in the evaluation of new devices and techniques for inclusion into the team curriculum, and helping to evaluate new aids and prosthetic devices relevant to Low Vision. 9.Adheres to the ACVREP Low Vision Code of Ethics. 10.Adheres to the WBRC Safety Protocols with respect to proper maintenance of optometric equipment and low vision devices. 11.Performing other duties as assigned; these include but are not limited to membership in WBRC committees, process action teams, service programs, research projects, and clinical initiatives. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30AM to 4:30PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Visual Skills Instructor)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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