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Patients, families and physicians may need help in determining whether a person should continue or resume driving following an injury or illness. The driving assessment and training program offered by NMMC's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center can provide the information needed to help make that decision. A physician's referral is required, as well as a current driver's license or learner's permit. The evaluation is completed by a licensed occupational therapist.
Diagnoses that may be appropriate for referral include, but are not limited to:
The assessment begins with screening for vision, reaction time, muscle strength and cognitive abilities. A minimum one hour on-the-road driving session is modified to meet individual patient needs in the "rehab car" that is equipped with adaptive equipment. The therapist will discuss the outcome of the driving evaluation with the patient/family and make appropriate recommendations regarding driving. If adaptive equipment is required, the therapist will provide the patient/family information regarding resources and installation. The physician be informed of the patient's evaluation results and recommendations.
For additional information about this program or related rehabilitation services, call (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).