Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service - Battle Creek VA Medical Center
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Battle Creek VA Medical Center

 

Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service

Hearing Aid device on white background
What We Do

The mission of the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) is to provide comprehensive support to optimize health and independence of the Veteran. Our vision is to be the premier source of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids, medical equipment, and support services for Veterans.

VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) is the largest and most comprehensive provider of prosthetic devices and sensory aids in the world. Although the term "prosthetic device" may suggest images of artificial limbs, it actually refers to any device that supports or replaces a body part or function.

PSAS provides a full range of equipment and services to Veterans. These range from items worn by the Veteran, such as an artificial limb or hearing aid; those that improve accessibility, such as ramps and vehicle modifications; to devices surgically placed in the Veteran, such as hips and pacemakers.

To best serve the Veteran population that uses prosthetic appliances, sensory aids, medical equipment and medical supplies we have an interdisciplinary team that includes:

  • Prosthetic Representatives
  • Prosthetic Purchasing Agents
  • Prosthetists
  • Orthotists
  • Visual Impairment Service Teams (VIST) coordinators
  • Blind Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Physician/Surgeons
  • Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Optometrists/Ophthalmologists
Key Staff

Service Chief

Matthew Robinson
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 33010

For general program information, call (269) 966-5600, Ext. 33898.

Service Information

The Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service also administers several grants and programs, such as the Home Improvement Structural Alterations Grant, Automobile Adaptive Equipment Grant, and the Clothing Allowance Program.

Under the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) program, Veterans with service-connected disabilities or Veterans with non-service-connected disabilities may receive assistance for any home improvement necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.

A HISA grant is available to Veterans who have received a medical determination indicating that improvements and structural alterations are necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of his/her disability. A Veteran may receive both a HISA grant and either a Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grant or a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.

The Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program permits physically challenged persons to enter, exit, and/or operate a motor vehicle or other conveyance.

Veterans are trained, through the VA Driver's Rehabilitation Program, how to safely operate their vehicle on our nation's roadways.

The VA also provides necessary equipment such as platform wheelchair lifts, UVLs (under vehicle lifts), power door openers, lowered floors/raised roofs, raised doors, hand controls, left foot gas pedals, reduced effort and zero effort steering and braking, and digital driving systems.

Additionally, VA's program provides reimbursements for standard equipment including, but not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and other special equipment necessary for the safe operation of an approved vehicle.

The Clothing Allowance Program is eligible to any Veteran who is rated for a service-connected disability for which he or she uses prosthetic or orthopedic. 

The allowance is also available to any Veteran whose service-connected skin condition requires prescribed medication that irreparably damages the Veteran's outer garments.

Contact Info

Location

  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center
    Bldg. 82, Room 008

Contact Number(s)

  • 269-966-5600 Ext. 33898

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.