After a severe illness, injury, or medical condition, many patients find
themselves unable to drive. At Valley Health, we strive to help our patients
return to normalcy.
DriveAbility is our adaptive program that can help patients drive again. A registered
occupational therapist/certified driver rehab specialist and certified
driving instructor work with the patient to regain independence in community
mobility and driving.
- Pre-driving assessment: This service is performed in our clinic by a registered
occupational therapist/certified driver rehab specialist. It is used to
obtain information about an individual’s medical history, functional
abilities, thinking skills, visual perception and reaction time.
- On-road evaluation: Based on outcome of the pre-driving assessment and
the individual’s driving goals, an on-road evaluation is initiated
in cooperation with a driving school.
Both the occupational therapist/certified driver rehab specialist and certified
driving instructor evaluate the individual’s driving skill and functional
mobility. Our training vehicle is equipped with instructor brake and adaptive
equipment such as hand controls, left accelerator pedal, steering devices,
and adaptive turn signals to assist each individual as needed.
How to Get Started
If you think DriveAbility can help you, please consult your physician for
a referral for occupational therapy driving evaluation. Call 540-536-1180
to make an appointment.