Driver Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program
CHCServices has a specially trained Physical Therapist who is a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) and a member of The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). Our Physical Therapist provides a comprehensive evaluation to determine if an individual is safe to drive a motor vehicle and then makes written recommendations to address any areas of concern, including the possible need for additional driver training or vehicle modification. The therapist works closely with each individual to support his or her driving goals.
THE COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Review medical condition and status
- Driving history and license, recommendations for updating license as necessary
- Motor skills, strength, range of motion, sensation, coordination, balance, mobility status
- Visual abilities and perception
- Cognitive skills and knowledge of the rules of the road and proper judgment
- Route planning and traffic safety
- Adaptation, complex processing and managing situations
- Assessment for fatigue and possible decline in medical status
- Possible need for vehicle modifications and additional driver training, if needed
- Written report on recommendations
SOME SIGNS OF UN-SAFE DRIVING INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Increased nervousness when driving
- Difficulty seeing road signs or pedestrians
- Has frequent "fender benders" or "near-misses"
- Experiences delays when changing lanes
- Drives significantly slower than the speed limit
The first part of the evaluation is completed at the individual’s home or at the CHCServices office and then, if appropriate, the therapist will conduct a “behind the wheel” evaluation. The scope of the behind the wheel evaluation will vary depending upon each individual's needs. After the first part of the evaluation is completed, the therapist may recommend additional vision screening prior to conducting the “behind the wheel” evaluation.
CHCS has a modified vehicle with hand controls and a passenger side brake. Behind the wheel evaluations will be conducted in this vehicle. Training will be provided on hand controls, if such adaptions are necessary for the client and his/her diagnosis.
Once the evaluation is completed, the therapist will discuss the results of the evaluation and provide recommendations in a written report. You will need to bring your driver’s license and auto insurance to your appointment for the Driver Evaluation.
Following a traumatic incident or the progression of certain neurological diseases, a physician may recommend that you are evaluated and go through a rehabilitation program before you resume driving. Moreover, vehicle modifications (hand controls, wheelchair lifts/ramps...) may be necessary to make your vehicle drivable and safe. In the event that you need driving rehabilitation, an evaluation will performed in the same manner as a traditional evaluation and training on how to drive using the modifications is done under the direction and supervision of the Driver Rehab Specialist. If you are in need of a vehicle modification, CHCS can recommend a vehicle modification center close to you. Please, give us a call for more information.
WHO MAY NEED REHABILITATION
- Clients with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Clients with Progressive Neurological Conditions (MS, Parkinson's, etc...)
- Clients Recovering from a Stroke
- Any Condition for Which Vehicle Modifications May Need to Be Made
Q. Does CHCServices send the driver evaluation and written recommendations to the Department of Licensing (DOL)?
A. CHCServices does not send the driver evaluation and written recommendations to the DOL. The evaluation results and recommendations are provided to our clients so they can make an informed decision.
Q. Can I use insurance to pay for the evaluation?
A. Unfortunately, insurance does not yet recognize the Driver Evaluation & Rehab Program as a therapy service and therefore does not cover the cost. The cost of the program is billed at the same price per hour as traditional home health, physical therapy.
Q. If I pass my driver evaluation does this overturn my doctor’s recommendation that I stop driving?
A. You can bring the results of your evaluation to your doctor, and with this information you and your doctor can make an informed decision about your driving ability.