To help individuals enjoy the sense of freedom that comes with driving, St. Jude Medical Center has designed an innovative program that addresses the needs of those whose ability to drive has been affected by disease, illness, or aging.
Our occupational therapists, specially trained in driver rehabilitation, conduct the nearly three-hour assessment, which includes:
- A clinical visual and perceptual screening,
- Reaction-time testing in a state-of-the-art simulator, and
- A one-hour driving assessment in a dual-controlled car.
At the conclusion of the assessment, the therapist will provide written recommendations regarding the driver's performance, future needs, and adaptive equipment. Suggestions and resources for consultations, therapies and/or training will also be provided.
A physician's prescription is required to participate in the program, and it should include the patient's name, address and age, as well as diagnosis and date of onset of symptom(s). Recommendations are sent to the referring physician. Upon the client's request, we will also forward information to the DMV.
Insurance does not usually cover the fee for this program so please check with your insurance provider. Please contact us for information on discounted rates when paid within 30 days.
Our program is designed to assess a patient’s ability to remain safe behind-the-wheel. Those who benefit from the Driver Assessment Program include:
- Individuals returning to driving after severe illness or disability, such as stroke, Parkinson's Disease, head trauma or spinal cord injury
- Disabled persons who are evaluating their ability to drive for the first time
- Seniors who want to remain independent and safe while driving. While most seniors drive safely, gradual changes in vision, movement, perception, attention and memory can place them at risk for being involved in or causing an accident.