Patients Re-Learn Basic Living Skills at VA’s MyHome — Veterans Health Administration

Laurel Koval, an occupational therapist at the Pittsburgh VA, gives Veteran Gloria Stephenson clothes washing tips in MyHome’s laundry room. Photo by William George, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center

by Tom Cramer, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The folks at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh have figured out a unique way to help wounded Veterans transition successfully from their hospital bed to their own bed at home — something that’s not so easy when you’re visually impaired, in a wheelchair or using a walker to get around.

“We call it ‘MyHome,’ said Laurel Koval, an occupational therapist at the medical center. “It’s where we enable Veterans to feel more confident in performing daily tasks and thus more ready to go home.”

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Koval said MyHome, located within the Pittsburgh VA’s H.J. Heinz Campus in O’Hara, Pa., contains a living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, staircase, a laundry area and a pantry stocked with food.

“We even have a garage with a car parked it,” she said. “Our physical and occupational therapists can teach you how to get in and out of your car safely, fasten your seatbelt or how to unload your…

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