VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
MyHome is an innovative residential simulation therapy area complete with living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, staircase, laundry and pantry. MyHome is located on the H.J. Heinz campus in the first-floor corridor between buildings 50 & 51. Comprising nearly 1,200 square feet, MyHome looks like a regular home with a facade of siding and brick, a bay window and porch rails.
The key purpose for MyHome is to provide functional, real therapy for those patients looking to be discharged and returning home. Therapists are able to assist patients accomplish daily tasks like getting out of a queen sized bed, standing up out of a recliner, getting in and out of a car, and walking across carpet & tile.
The room will be primarily used by physical and occupational therapists along with our blind rehab staff. In addition to the rehbilitative benefits, staff will be able to better predict return-to-home readiness and safety.
How MyHome Can Help Veterans
- regain their independence
- return home faster
- boost quality of life
- stay out of the hospital longer
- practice solutions to mobility challenges
- heal in a supportive environment
- involve loved ones in their care
What You Can Do at MyHome
- cook dinner
- make the bed
- unpack the car
- fill the kitchen cabinets with food
- do a load of laundry
- take a shower
- sit down in front of the fireplace
- answer the front door
MyHome in the News
New VA 'house' becomes a home away from home
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 8, 2013
Nobody actually lives there, but every day veterans go there to practice navigating daily life following
At a House Inside the VA, Injured Vets Prepare to Return Home
WESA 90.5 FM | April 4, 2013
The 1,100 square foot house, called MyHome, is a part of the VA's Community Living Center, and it's designed to help patients recovering from physical or mental injuries transition safely back to their homes.
O'Hara VA could be first with full-scale model home for rehab
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | February 20, 2013
Basic physical therapy can rebuild hospitalized military veterans' core strength, but preparing them again for practical daily life is a different challenge.
MyHome - Helping Wounded Vets Transition from Hospital to Home
KDKA-TV2 | February 20, 2013
The virtual environment called "MyHome," on VA Pittsburgh's Heinz campus in Aspinwall, will help wounded vets transition from hospital to home.
VA Pittsburgh Debuts Home Therapy Program
KDKA-TV2 | February 20, 2013
Alan Petrazzi and Jason Fay from VAPHS stop by the KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live morning show to talk about their new home simulation therapy program.
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