Driver Rehabilitation: Getting Your Life Back on the Road

The Driver Rehabilitation Program at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center provides clinical evaluation and assessment of the underlying skills needed for driving. This includes visual and physical assessments, reaction time tests and cognitive perceptual assessments.

St. Joseph’s certified Driver Rehabilitation experts help individuals with disabilities gain the skills needed to be on the road safely – allowing them to lead more independent lives.

Our Unique Approach

Led by a licensed occupational therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, our Driver Rehab program is designed to maximize an individual’s ability to move within the community safely and independently; enable individuals with medical conditions and disabilities to drive safely, and develop and promote safe, accessible and appropriate transportation options for adults.

Treatment Techniques

Clinical Evaluation: Assessment of the underlying skills needed for safe driving.

Behind The Wheel Evaluation: Full evaluation of driving performance elements including: 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.

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.

Counseling and Education: Develop and implement driving retirement or cessation plans and provide counseling that includes exploring strategies to facilitate alternative methods of transportation.

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.

St. Joseph’s Health is committed to helping patients reach maximum independence through innovative therapies and rehabilitation programs like Driver Rehab.

Who is a candidate for Driver Rehabilitation?

Our clients include patients with the following concerns:

  • 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

Get Started Today

A healthcare provider referral/prescription is required to participate in the driving and community mobility program. 

To get started in the Driver Rehabilitation Program, call 973.956.3360 and press 4 for an appointment or for more information.
St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center
234 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite 301
Wayne, NJ 07470

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