Driving Program

Institutes & Services > Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

From offering in-clinic evaluations to older adult screenings, the occupational therapists at TriHealth’s Driving Program are here to help. This program is designed for drivers who are concerned about their driving ability and want to improve the skills needed for safe driving.

Driving Programs We Offer

Comprehensive in-clinic evaluations and screenings are performed by a licensed occupational therapist and results are totally confidential. Behind-the-wheel tests are offered by a driving school if determined necessary by the occupational therapist.

Older Adult Screening

Older adult screenings are offered periodically for older adults interested in knowing how the changes in their physical, visual and thinking skills are affecting their driving. Screenings are conducted by a licensed occupational therapist.

Screening details:

  • No doctor’s order needed, available to anyone
  • Components:
    • Basic rules of the road test (on-road test)
    • Basic vision screening (includes depth perception)
    • 3 different tests that look at visuocognition, or information processing
    • Break reaction and hand-eye reaction test

Evaluation of the Disabled Driver

Evaluation of the disabled driver is an objective assessment of driving skills for impaired drivers of all ages. The evaluation includes an in-clinic portion conducted by a licensed occupational therapist and a behind-the-wheel-evaluation conducted by a representative from a local driving school. This screening requires a physician’s prescription.

Screening details:

  • Components:
    • Everything associated with the elderly driver screening, plus an additional visuocognition test
    • Targeted cognitive tests, depending on the medical issues one may have
    • Test hand-eye coordination/visual reaction time using the Dynavision, a state-of-the-art tool used to enhance visual-motor and cognitive reaction skills 

How Our Driving Programs Can Help You

Our goal is to help our participants identify the changes necessary to help them drive safely and independently for a longer time. Services include:

  • Give objective feedback about your current driving ability
  • Help identify the changes you need to make in order to help you drive safely and independently for a longer time
  • Upper and lower extremity motor function
  • Functional visual abilities
  • Perception (processing what your eye sees)
  • Cognition (choosing how to respond to what the eye sees)
  • Recommendations and education/information regarding adaptive driving devices.

Our Driving Programs May Be Used to Treat the Following Conditions

  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Orthopedic
  • Amputations
  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia

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