After a severe injury or illness, 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 and certified driving instructor work
with the patient to help restore normal driving functions.
- Pre-driving assessment: This service is performed in our clinic by a registered
occupational therapist. 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 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.