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when to refer to a driver rehab specialist

by Lea Harvey Published 1 year ago Updated 8 months ago
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Drivers with special medical considerations may benefit from the help and advice of a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist­ (CDRS).These specialists provide numerous services: Evaluation of a driver's capabilities in physical and cognitive terms.

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Who can be a driver rehabilitation specialist?

Phillips’ agreement, you refer him to a driver rehabilitation specialist (DRS) for an evaluation and adaptive equipment, if necessary. Although there may be improvement in visual, cognitive, or physical abilities, older adults may still demonstrate functional impairments that affect their driving performance. In these cases, a

What is a driver rehabilitation program?

Adult clients should have a current driver’s license or permit upon referral to participate in a comprehensive driver evaluation. For teens under 18 years of age, a copy of the restricted instruction permit (form SBTS-800 issued by the Driver Education Specialist) validating completion of classroom driver education is required.

How do I refer and/or request for Driver Rehabilitation?

(1) Promoting, advocating, and supporting the Driver Rehabilitation Program to top management in the areas of FTE, space, up-to-date equipment, repairs, education needs, travel needs and other resources necessary to maintain the program. (2) Designating a qualified individual as the primary Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

What if the driver rehabilitation specialist believes the driver requires further screening?

Jul 22, 2019 · Driver rehab is for all ages and conditions. A driver rehabilitation specialist can help people of all ages get safely on the road. Our clients include: New drivers with physical challenges like cerebral palsy, spina bifida or short stature; Senior citizens looking to safely retain their independence

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What is Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation program?

Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Program has preparatory equipment to train patients before entering vehicles, as well as a fleet of sedans and minivans. Training equipment includes an indoor adjustable ramp to simulate minivan entrances; a steering effort simulator; and hand-control models to try, for those who are unable to drive with their feet. Each of the vehicles can be adapted with necessary equipment to meet the client's particular needs. In addition, the wheelchair-accessible minivans are designed to enable individuals to drive from their wheelchairs or to transfer into the driver's seat.

What is a 2.5 hour driver evaluation?

The 2.5-hour driver evaluation is designed to provide a comprehensive, objective appraisal of a person's ability to drive . It occurs in two parts: Part one is a clinical occupational therapy evaluation that assesses the individual's vision, perception, cognition and motor function. The second part is a behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in one of Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation vehicles and assesses an individual's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.

What is Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital?

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital's Driver Rehabilitation Program offers comprehensive and highly regarded driving education to help individuals with disabilities learn (or relearn) how to drive and gain driving independence. A fleet of adaptive vehicles can be configured to suit individuals with varying disabilities.

What is Marianjoy in Chicago?

Marianjoy is the only driver rehabilitation program in the Chicago area that is also a certified driving school. We meet the state requirements for driver education and can coordinate services with the students' high schools.

Working with driver rehabilitation specialist often an exciting new chapter in rehab

Independence is a major goal of every rehabilitation program and for many, driving a vehicle is the ultimate freedom. For more than 30 years, Bryn Mawr Rehab has offered a unique way for patients to return to this crucial aspect of their lives.

Driver rehab enhances skills gradually

Led by a licensed occupational therapist and a certified driver rehabilitation specialist with over 20 years in the field, our driver rehab program takes a multi-pronged approach, from assessment to training to driver certification and ongoing support. A vital pre-driving assessment focuses on several factors:

Driver rehab is for all ages and conditions

A driver rehabilitation specialist can help people of all ages get safely on the road. Our clients include:

What is the referral procedure?

To schedule our services, all clients should have a current driver’s license or permit. This allows the behind-the-wheel evaluation to take place on the highways. Otherwise the evaluation is limited to parking lot or clinical evaluation only. Referral sources include but are not limited to:

Can I drive my own car for the behind the wheel evaluation?

Typically, the practical phase of the evaluation is conducted in a vehicle with dual controls, appropriate signage, and an extra rear view mirror. These are minimum requirements that are set for all driving schools that are licensed by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

Do you accept appointments, and where do I go for an appointment?

All appointments are set upon receipt of complete referral information and pre-approval of payment for services.

If I need adaptive equipment, do you direct me to a specific vehicle modifier for my modifications?

Due to the competitive nature of the vehicle modification industry, Driver Rehabilitation Services can provide a list of vehicle modifiers certified to install and service your adaptive equipment. If your needs are product specific and can only be acquired by a certain dealer or manufacturer, you will be informed of this issue.

Who can benefit from your services?

The program can help persons with a variety of disabilities including but not limited to: stroke, amputations or arms or legs, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, arthritis, visual impairments, neurological impairments, decreased function due to aging, cardiac conditions, diabetic conditions, congenital disabilities.

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Driver Rehabilitation Program

  • Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital's Driver Rehabilitation Program offers comprehensive and highly regarded driving education to help individuals with disabilities learn (or relearn) how to drive and gain driving independence. A fleet of adaptive vehicles can be configured to suit individuals with varying disabilities. Watch a video about the Driver Rehabilitation Program. Servi…
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The Program

  • The 2.5-hour driver evaluation is designed to provide a comprehensive, objective appraisal of a person's ability to drive. It occurs in two parts: Part one is a clinical occupational therapy evaluation that assesses the individual's vision, perception, cognition and motor function. The second part is a behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in one of Marianjoy's driver reha…
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Vehicles and Equipment

  • Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Program has preparatory equipment to train patients before entering vehicles, as well as a fleet of sedans and minivans. Training equipment includes an indoor adjustable ramp to simulate minivan entrances; a steering effort simulator; and hand-control models to try, for those who are unable to drive with their feet. Each of the vehicles can b…
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Teens

  • Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation specialists work with students experiencing vision, cognitive and/or motor impairments. Marianjoy is the only driver rehabilitation program in the Chicago area that is also a certified driving school. We meet the state requirements for driver education and can coordinate services with the students' high schools. Learn more about our teen driving program.
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Low-Vision

  • Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Program is the only one of its kind in Illinois to offer low-vision services, which is a highly specialized component of the driving program. Our staff works with vision specialists to evaluate and train individuals who are not able to meet Illinois state driving requirements with conventional corrective lenses. Learn more about our low-vision driving progr…
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Advocacy

  • As advocates for our clients, Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation specialists are available to accompany an individual to the Secretary of State's office for their driving test. We will also work with local vendors, on the individual's behalf, to obtain adaptive equipment needed for a client's vehicle.
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You Want The Best

  • Marianjoy Driver Rehabilitation staff are all occupational therapists who have completed extensive training and testing to receive the designation of certified driver rehabilitation specialists. Marianjoy Driver Rehabilitation staff are also members of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. The following technology …
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How to Receive Services from The Marianjoy Driver Rehabilitation Center

  • Participants must be at least 15 years old and require specialized evaluation, education or equipment. To schedule a driver evaluation, a prescription from a physician or vision specialist is required. The prescription must include the patient's diagnosis, and must also state, "OT Driver Evaluation and Treatment." The prescription can be faxed to 630.909.7151. To schedule an app…
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