St. Luke’s Driving Rehabilitation Program strives to provide high quality, valuable evaluation services provided by a licensed, registered occupational therapist with specialty training as a driving rehabilitation specialist.
Our program is designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation process that assesses a person’s risk related to driving, determines appropriateness to start/resume/continue driving and provides recommendations when driving is no longer a safe option.
A 90-min clinical assessment of visual, perceptual, motor, and cognitive skills performed by an occupational therapist who is a driving rehab specialist (DRS).
This assessment tests the basic skills a person needs to be a safe driver. A person’s risk of having a potential motor vehicle accident is determined through this assessment.
The testing will help predict how a person will react on-the-road in real-life driving situations. Immediate results and recommendations are provided at the end of the appointment.
A 60-minute behind-the-wheel evaluation is completed in the rehab training vehicle. This step is dependent on the results of the clinical assessment of driving related skills.
A route consisting of all levels of traffic from residential to freeway allows our DRS to evaluate the multiple cognitive and physical skills necessary for safe driving. Immediate feedback and results will be provided. Recommendations will be made for improved safety, restrictions and/or vehicle modification if necessary.
For many patients this is the last step of the comprehensive driving evaluation.
In some situations, driver’s training is necessary. After completing clinical assessment of driving-related skills, it may be recommended that behind-the-wheel training sessions be completed with our DRS to learn how to safely use necessary equipment including left gas pedal and steering knob or strategies to improve driving techniques.
For patients who are unable to drive with their legs/feet, hand control training may be recommended pending the completion of the clinical assessment of driving-related skills. Behind-the-wheel training sessions may be recommended & completed with our DRS to learn how to safely use hand controls, secondary switches, various equipment, and strategies to learn new skills for safe driving.
This is a lengthy process and requires several visits over the course of 1-2 months depending on the person abilities/limitations.
Self-pay, vocational rehabilitation and some worker’s compensation
Please fax driving evaluation referrals to (208) 493-2988 or call (208) 385-3232.
If a person has experienced a medical event resulting in a neurological injury or shows signs of decline, affecting cognition, vision and/or motor skills due to aging or illness a driving evaluation may be appropriate. If the physician has concerns about a person’s readiness to resume driving, they should be evaluated once they meet the following prerequisites:
Patients and families receive expert care in a compassionate environment when managing an impairment or disorder, or after a neurologic or orthopedic injury.
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It is not recommended. We prefer that someone join you for the appointment.
If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian should accompany you. We ask that you do not bring anyone under the age of 18.
Results will be provided at the end of the appointment.
No, due to hospital policy you must drive our vehicle.
The final decision regarding your driving privileges will be made by your physician.
If indicated, a re-evaluation will be considered after 3 months.