Driving Assessment and Training
The goal of Hoag Hospital’s Driving Rehabilitation Program is to
promote independence and ensure safety while using a vehicle. This program
can help maintain a client’s independence, teach compensation strategies
for physical, cognitive and visual limitations and ensure safety on the road.
Events and diagnoses that may affect the ability to drive safely include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Tramatic brain injury
- Visual impairments
- Age related changes in function
- Spinal cord injury
The assessment consists of a clinical evaluation and a behind the wheel
evaluation. The clinic evaluation includes assessment of vision, reaction
time, cognition, perception, memory, concentration, attention, judgment,
processing, physical function and the need for adaptive equipment. The
behind the wheel evaluation assesses the driver’s skills under normal
driving conditions. Adaptive equipment may be added to the vehicle and
used if needed. Recommendations will be made for any needed car modifications.
The assessment is provided by an occupational therapist and a driving
instructor who are certified driver rehabilitation specialists. The assessment
requires 2-3 hours.
Results of the evaluation will be discussed with the client/family/caregiver.
Recommendations will be made regarding driving safety, the need for further
training or the application of new driving techniques. A written copy
of the evaluation will be forwarded to the referring physician.
A prescription from the referring physician is required as well as a valid
driver’s license or driver’s permit. This is a self paying
program as most health insurances do not cover driving related services.