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Driver Rehabilitation Program

The Driver Rehabilitation Program at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center is designed to assist individuals with disabilities, medical conditions or changes related to aging remain safe and independent in driving and community mobility. 

The Driver Rehabilitation Program’s goal is to:

  • Maximize an individual’s ability to move within the community safely and independently
  • Extend safe driving of well elders as long as possible
  • Enable individuals with medical conditions and disabilities to drive safely
  • Develop and promote safe, accessible and appropriate transportation options for adults

Our Services

 

Clinical Evaluation

Assessment of the underlying skills needed for safe driving. This includes: a visual and physical assessment, a test of reaction time and cognitive perceptual assessment. Clients must demonstrate adequate skills to progress to the Behind The Wheel Evaluation.

Behind The Wheel Evaluation

Assessment of actual driving performance with a certified driver rehabilitation specialist or occupational therapist and licensed driving instructor in a dual control vehicle. The first component is performed off road, in a protected area or parking lot with no traffic. Based on demonstration of adequate skills, an on-road assessment in a variety of different driving patterns may be performed. Driving performance elements include getting in/out of the car, adjusting equipment, starting the car, positioning the vehicle on the road, adjusting speed, and changing lanes.

Driver Training

Off and on road training with a certified driver rehabilitation specialist or an occupational therapist and a licensed driving instructor with or without an adapted/modified vehicle. The number of lessons needed varies based on client's ability and progress.

Vehicle Modification and Adaptive Driving

Identification of vehicle modifications or equipment needed to a client's own car to enable safe driving, such as hand controls, steering devices, control extensions, etc. Discussion of vehicle types, mobility equipment vendors, and funding sources is provided.

Counseling and Education

Develop and implement driving retirement or cessation plans and provide counseling that includes exploring strategies to facilitate alternative methods of transportation, such as public and private transportation, para-transit, dial-a-ride, and car or taxi services.

Funding

Explore funding sources for driving rehabilitation community mobility services, alternative transportation resources, vehicle modifications and  adaptive equipment. 

Additional Services

As needed and based on evaluation findings, referrals to other disciplines to improve the underlying skills necessary for safe driving and community mobility such as referral to an eye care specialist for visual deficits or referral to physical therapy for balance retraining.

Populations Served

  • Well Elders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dementia/Cognitive Changes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke
  • Neurological Deficits
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amputation
  • Visual Deficits
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis/Orthopedics
  • Sensory Deficits Due to Neuropathy

Who Gets the Information from the Driving Evaluation?

The referring healthcare provider is sent a summary of findings and recommendations. These findings and recommendations are also discussed and reviewed with the client.

Getting Started

 

Obtain a Prescription

Ask your healthcare provider for a prescription for an “Occupational Therapy Driving Evaluation.” The prescription should also include a diagnosis or other pertinent medical conditions affecting driving and community mobility.

 

 

  • Driving Fee & Insurance Coverage
  • Contact Us

A healthcare provider referral/prescription is required to participate in the driving and community mobility program. For a referral form, please click on the link below:

Driving Rehabilitation Program Referral

Medicare, Medicaid and the majority of private insurance companies do not cover these fees. Payment in full via cash or check is required at the time of services. You may then submit these charges to your insurance company for reimbursement.

A valid NJ driver’s permit or license is needed for the Behind The Wheel Evaluation and all driver training sessions.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance or you will be responsible for full payment of scheduled hour(s).

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center.

To receive more information in regards to specific Driving Schedule pricing please contact us.

To get started in the Driver Rehabilitation Program call 973.956.3360, press 4 for an appointment or for more information.

St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center
224 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ 07470
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