Spinal cord injuries have become more common over the last several years, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has attempted to treat those injuries to the best of their ability. As the guidelines for veterans disability seem to be in constant flux, the VA is building centers dealing with specific injuries, such as the new spinal cord injury center at Milwaukee’s VA hospital.
The facility will cost $27.5 million and was completely financed by the federal government. The new center will replace the previous spinal injury wing currently existing at the hospital and will expand the facility from 18,000 to 68,000 square feet.
The new facility is not going to increase the number of staff personnel or the number of beds. Instead, the space is increasing so as to make movement and treatment more comfortable for those with spinal injuries. Some of the rooms will become doubles because depression is common among newer patients with spinal cord injuries. Those “new” patients with spinal cord injuries are assigned to rooms with other patients.
Tables in both the day room and the dining room are suspended from the ceiling. This means patients with wheelchairs don’t have to worry about bumping into table legs. Therapy rooms include state-of-the-art equipment to help patients with spinal injuries learn to move again.
The facility will also use virtual reality to help spinal injury patients exercise and participate in physical therapy. Additionally, computers boasting eye gaze, touch screen, and voice command-drive operation will be made available to help those patients needing such technology for various reasons.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.