War Related Illness and Injury Study Center
WRIISC CA - Clinical Evaluation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System
What happens when I am referred to the CA WRIISC
After you have been referred to the CA WRIISC program located at the VA medical center in Palo Alto, California our team of clinicians will conduct a thorough review of your medical records. We will review your medical history to determine if:
- You've had diagnositic testing related to the current complaint at your local VA
- You do not currently have a substance abuse problem (some home tobacco and alcohol usage is OK but not while you are in our program because it may interfere with the diagnostic tests)
- You are fit to travel to the Palo Alto VA - either unassisted or with a companion
When you are given the OK to participate in our program we will contact you about setting up a 4-day visit to our facility.
Veterans will stay at the Hometel, located at the VA Palo Alto medical center. This is a modest motel-type room located on the hospital grounds. Hometel is designed to provide lodging for Veterans traveling from a distance greater than 50 miles or have significant travel difficulties coming in for treatment. Each room can accomodate two adults only. Veterans always have priority for available beds but Significant Others may be accommodated. Hometel has vending machines, refrigerator, and microwave on premises. Check-in is weekdays 11 am - 5 pm and weekends 2 pm - 4 pm.
What to pack for the visit
Your days will be filled with doctor's appointments or tests so bring comfortable clothes and good walking shoes. There is exercise equipment that you may use if you wish so bring workout clothes if you wish. The hospital is not within walking distance of restaurants, shopping or entertainment so bring books, music or other recreational material for yourself. We have compiled a packing list for your convenience.
Complementary & Alternative Medicine
The CA WRIISC offers yoga and tai chi to our local Veterans. While you are here for your evaluation, you are welcome to participate in these classes if it fits in with your clinical evaluation schedule. Many Veterans participate in the yoga class offered each Monday at 3pm and find it enjoyable and relaxing after a full day of travel. For more information on this program, view our CAM web page.
Veteran Satisfaction Questionnaire
We strive to improve the care and services we provide to Veterans and your opinion matters.
Please complete our online Veteran Satisfaction Survey.
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