This article provides a brief description of the Disabled American Veterans Association (DAV), the services they offer to veterans and other information that may be of use to a veteran or their family and friends.
The DAV is committed to serving military veterans disabled during service and their dependents and survivors. The DAV has 88 offices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico with approximately 260 National Service Officers who represent veterans and their families making claims for benefits from government departments. A veteran does not have to be a member to get assistance with claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense or other agencies. This assistance is offered free of charge to all veterans. eBenefits.Va.Gov
The DAV announced in October 2010 that the Veterans Association has adopted a rule that will expand eligibility for specially adapted housing and special home adaption grants to permanently and totally disabled veterans and armed service members. eBenefits.Va.Gov
The new rule means that those who have suffered extensive burns or have limited movement in two or more limbs or at least one limb and the trunk. It also makes special home adaption grants available to permanently and totally disabled veterans and service members who lose use of both hands, those with severe burns and those with inhalation injuries.
Of particular interest is the home adaption grant that can be up to $13,000 for permanently or totally disabled veterans with loss or loss of use of both hands, deep burns that limit motion and residuals of an inhalation injury including pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
This grant is able to be applied to any house modification; however the bathroom is often the focus point for many veterans and their families as they try to make living easier. It is not always possible to fully convert a standard family home bathroom into a disabled access bathroom due to building constraints; however there are many bathroom aids on the market that can make life for a veteran living with a disability easier. There are non slip mats to give people confidence when moving on wet and slippery flooring, grab bars, access ramps and shower benches that can be sat on in the shower to reduce the risk of falling over.
To ensure a safe and secure bathing experience, disabled veterans should consider using a shower chair with a bath or shower transfer system. A shower chair with transfer system enables a person with restricted mobility to transfer from their bed into a mobile shower commode chair. The chair is then wheeled into the bathroom, through a standard sized door, and clipped onto a bath transfer bench which enables the chair and the user to slide over the bathtub lip and into the tub to bathe. The person remains safely in the seat during the entire bathing process.
For more info searching “shower chair” in Google will bring up numerous options that offer a mobile transfer system from the bed to bathroom and over the tub. While you could purchase a low cost shower bench or bath chair, a strong and sturdy, non rusting, mobile transfer shower chair more durable, safer with a higher level of comfort. eBenefits.Va.Gov
Barry is a freelance writer specializing in bathroom safety and products that assist such as shower chairs for elderly