Driver Rehabilitation Program
The purpose of this program is to determine whether it is safe for the client to continue driving following an injury/illness or age related changes. A driving program may include two components.
The first step is a clinical evaluation which includes an assessment of vision, visual perception, cognition, reaction time, and motor skills related to driving.
The second step is a behind-the-wheel evaluation, which is done in a vehicle equipped with an instructor brake so that the therapist can gain control of the car if needed. The vehicle is equipped with adaptive controls (i.e. brake, accelerator, etc.)
If it is determined that the client needs special equipment or adaptive strategies, we can provide the necessary training. The evaluations and training are conducted by an Occupational Therapist who specializes in driving rehabilitation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Who is a candidate for the program?
Clients with the following may benefit from our program:
- Neurological impairments caused by stroke, brain injury, Parkinson's Disease, MS, etc.
- Orthopedic impairments
- Upper and lower extremity amputation
- Spinal cord injury
- Cognitive impairments such as memory deficits, dementia, etc.
This program is unable to accommodate new drivers or those who will need to drive from a wheelchair. Clients must be able to transfer in and out of a car and tolerate sitting in a car.
How much does the program cost?
Medicare and secondary insurances do not pay for driving rehabilitation evaluations, training or equipment needed for the client's vehicle. If applicable, Worker's Compensation or the Maryland Division of Rehab Services may pay for evaluations. For additional information please call our Outpatient Department at 240-864-6202.
A prescription for a driving rehabilitation evaluation is needed from a doctor. Once the prescription is obtained, call our outpatient department at 240-864-6202 to schedule an appointment.