Let Sage Get You Back In The Driver’s Seat.Our team of committed occupational therapists is here to help patients maintain their sense of independence, autonomy, and self-worth. We understand the progressive conditions, neurological deficits, and life events, which effect the cognitive, visual, and physical change related to driving.
THAT AFFECT THE ABILITY TO DRIVE
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Brain Tumor Resection
- Upper or Lower Extremity Amputee
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Spina Bifida
Pre-Driver Evaluation is a series of in the clinic testing. Physical, cognitive, and visual skills are assessed as relates to driving. The Universal Field of View (UFOV) test is administered which gives a report to predict potential risk for motor vehicle accident. Other tests administered include: reaction time, visual acuity, alternating attention, muscle testing, functional transfer training, etc.
Behind The Wheel/Driving Evaluation is completed following passing scores on the physical, cognitive, and visual assessments.
The on the road evaluation is completed with both the evaluating occupational therapist and certified driving rehab specialist (CDRS) present in the vehicle. The first part of the evaluation includes setting the mirrors for optimal blind spot elimination and proper seating adjustments.
During the driving portion of the evaluation, the occupational therapist will determine how the individual maneuvers the vehicle while changing lanes, turning in intersections, adhering to the speed limit, proper use of turn signals, entering/exiting the interstate, and safely backing up and parking. If the individual needs vehicle modifications, initial instruction and additional training will be completed with the equipment.
At the end of the driving evaluation, the occupational therapist will provide safe driving recommendations to the individual and their physician.
- Physician Order that reads “OT Evaluate and Treat for Driving Evaluation”
- Medical requirements:
- No seizures in last 6 months
- Controlled diabetes
- License must not be suspended.