5.6. Independent Living Programs (ILPs)
ILPs are an important link in the transition of the Veteran with SCI/D from the medical center to community life. ILPs are designed to promote life in the least restrictive community environment possible, based on a choice of acceptable alternatives that minimize the Veteran's reliance on others. The Chief, SCI Service appoints a social worker to serve as the ILP Coordinator. All interdisciplinary SCI team members and the ILP Coordinator serve as advocates by educating and ensuring that the Veteran with SCI/D receives education in attendant management and maximization of function to achieve community living whenever possible.