Rush University Medical Center's Driving Rehabilitation Program assesses a person's ability to safely drive, helps the person continue driving safely and, if needed, assists the person in getting back on the road after a disabling injury or illness.
Driver Safety Evaluations
The Driving Rehab Program has two components:
- A clinical evaluation by a registered occupational therapist, which takes place in an office setting. This includes a brief medical history, occupational profile, environmental analysis, mobility analysis, vision screen, cognition screen, upper and lower extremity motor function assessment and perceptual screening. This can take up to two hours and is usually covered by most insurance companies.
- A behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in a vehicle, on the road. This appointment assesses safety in driving in a variety of environments, independence in controlling a vehicle and awareness of hazards. The individual will drive a vehicle that has been adapted with a passenger-side brake. The person will be expected to safely drive a specified route beginning and ending at Rush University Medical Center. This appointment can take up to an hour and a half, and is paid for by the patient at the time of the evaluation.