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    New injury at the Augusta VA

    I'm not a veteran, but my father is! He is going to the Augusta VA for rehab. Does anyone have any experience with them or suggestions for visiting family? So far we have been very assured by the communication with the admissions coordinator and nurse there. My brother lives in Savannah and I am relocating to Atlanta, so no family or friends in the Augusta area.

    I have not visited there, but the Augusta SCI Center is one of only 25 in the VA Healthcare System, and must meet both Federal VA regulations 1176.1 and be CARF accredited.

    I would encourage you to become very friendly with his team, visit as much as you can, including attending therapy sessions with him, and any classes or support groups they have available. They should also have a peer mentor program for your dad that matches him with someone (outpatient) with a similar injury to help him cope with this change in his life. Be sure he joins their chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (free), and visit their office and get to know their inpatient liaison officer and National Service Officer.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.