DRIVING EVALUATION AND REHABILITATION
Driving is an integral piece of independence for many people. With our driving evaluation and rehabilitation program, we work closely with you to support your driving goals. Our therapist, Jen Fox, is specially trained as a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) and is a member of The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). She has a background in physical therapy and over 25 years of
experience. Every driving assessment begins with a comprehensive evaluation going over physical, cognitive and visual capabilities to determine if you are safe to drive a motor vehicle. If you or your loved one is deemed safe to be on the road, then a behind-the-wheel assessment is performed. Finally, a written recommendation is put together to address any areas of concern, including the possible need for additional driver training or vehicle modification. At the end of the assessment you will receive these objective observations in a written format to discuss with your physician and family.
DRIVER EVALUATIONS INCLUDE 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
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, ALS, Parkinson's, etc...)
Clients Recovering from a Stroke
Any Condition for Which Vehicle Modifications May Need to Be Made
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
RESOURCES FOR DRIVER EVALUATION & REHAB
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.
BE SAFE. BE INDEPENDENT. BE CONFIDENT.
Ready to drive safely and with confidence?
Call to schedule your driver evaluation today.