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North Mississippi Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: (662) 377-6609
Services are provided by an occupational therapist with a graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation. You might benefit if you have any of the following:
• Macular Degeneration
• Diabetic Retinopathy
• Traumatic Brain Injury
The therapist begins by evaluating the patient’s ability to perform daily tasks and the areas that have been affected by vision impairment. Training may be provided at North Mississippi Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic, in the patient’s home (if within a reasonable distance), or in some cases both.
Services may include training with optical and non-optical devices, paying bills and managing finances, managing medications, preparing meals safely, teaching use of remaining vision and teaching non-visual methods. Medicare and most insurance will cover low vision services when referred by a physician and provided by an occupational therapist.
A signed physician’s prescription dated within the last calendar year is required, along with a qualifying diagnosis necessitating the need for skilled therapy services.
Medicare and most insurance companies cover low vision rehabilitation services provided by an occupational therapist when referred by a physician, nurse practitioner or optometrist. Pre-certification will be required for the majority of patients and will be performed by the NMMC Admissions Department.
Please bring your prescription/orders for therapy from your physician on your first visit, along with any other necessary paperwork, insurance cards/information, and a list of your medications. Appropriate footwear is recommended.
On your first visit to outpatient rehabilitation, plan to arrive 15 minutes early to allow for paperwork before your evaluation begins. If you will be late or cannot come for your appointment, please call so that we may make arrangements to reschedule. If we cannot make convenient arrangements, your therapy will continue at the next scheduled time.
If you miss three appointments in a row without notifying the department, you may be subject to discharge. You will be notified of any change made regarding your therapy. If discharged, you will need updated orders from your physician to resume therapy. If you are unable to complete or choose to discontinue your rehabilitation program, please contact the Rehabilitation Services Department.
Should you require other services, we can assist you and your family in finding resources to meet your needs. Other services available include:
• Physical Therapy
• Speech-Language Pathology
• Dietary Services
• Certified Diabetes Educators
Low Vision Rehabilitation Services offer our clients with low vision solutions to make the most of their remaining vision. A person is considered to have low vision when he is experiencing problems with daily activities because of his vision. These solutions may include:
• Training with optical and non-optical devices
• Paying bills and managing finances
• Managing medications
• Preparing meals safely
• Teaching use of remaining vision
• Teaching non-visual methods
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