Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Helping Veterans with Accessibility
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) is the largest and most comprehensive provider of prosthetic devices and sensory aids in the world. The term “prosthetic” includes artificial limbs and any devices that support or replace a body part or function. VA provides all clinically appropriate and commercially available, state-of-the-art prosthetic equipment, sensory aids and devices to Veterans that cross the full range of patient care. Such items include: artificial limbs and bracing, wheeled mobility and seating systems, sensory-neural aids, cognitive prosthetic devices, items specific to women's health, home respiratory care, and recreational and sports equipment. Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and be seen by a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician for evaluation. In addition to providing devices, PSAS also administers the following three unique benefits to assist Veterans and service members with disabilities.
- Clothing Allowance: Clothing allowances may be authorized for Veterans who wear and use rigid spinal and cervical braces; wheelchairs; crutches; rigid orthotics; and ankle and/or foot orthosis. Multiple clothing allowance payments are payable for Veterans who have one or more appliances/devices/skin medications that causes wear, tear, or irreparable damage to one or more articles of clothing. Approved articles of clothing include shirts, pants, blouses and skirts.
- Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE): The AAE program provides the necessary automobile adaptive equipment and training to disabled Veterans and service members to enable operation of a motor vehicle safely, and permit access to and from the vehicle. Examples of AAE include power windows, air conditioner, vehicle modifications, vehicle lifts, and wheelchair tie downs.
- Home Improvement & Structural Alterations (HISA): HISA provides medically necessary home improvements and structural alterations to a Veteran’s primary residence. Examples of HISA modifications include wheelchair ramps to facilitate access to and from the home, stair glides, roll in showers or walk in tubs and accessibility to kitchen or bathroom sinks or counters (e.g., lowering counters/sinks).
For more information regarding adaptive equipment, HISA grants, or determining eligibility, contact our Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Services department at 610-384-7711, ext. 4227.