This Design Guide, along with PG-18-9 Chapter 270 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Space Planning Criteria, and PG-18-5 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Equipment Guide List, establishes the planning, design, and construction standards for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PMR Svc) facilities.
PMR Svc is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) service incorporating the following rehabilitation specialties: Physical Therapy (PT) Kinesiotherapy (KT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Assistive Technology (Atech), Chiropractic Care (CC), Driver Training (DT), and Aquatic Therapy (AT). PMR Svc provides medical, rehabilitative, and preventive strategies to restore and optimize function through physical modalities, therapeutic exercise and interventions, adaptive equipment, modification of the environment, education, and assistive devices.
This Design Guide is a tool to consulting architects and engineers, as well as VA staff, towards a better understanding of the planning and design of PMR Svc facilities. It provides an overview of the planning and design concepts for a PMR Svc facility. This guidance is applied to specific room layouts and/or departmental level planning and design.