Driver Rehabilitation

Safe driving to help adults preserve independence

The ability to drive can affect your lifestyle and independence. Going to the grocery store, doctor's office, or visiting friends and family become more difficult for people who are unable to drive due to orthopedic, neurological, cognitive, or visual impairments.

Help keeping you or your loved one safe on the road

If you or a loved one are unable to operate a motor vehicle due to a physical or cognitive disability, or if health issues make you unsure of your ability to drive safely, the Methodist Hospital Driver Rehabilitation Program can help. Our comprehensive program is designed to help put former drivers back in the driver's seat and help current drivers determine if continued driving is safe.

Many health problems can affect driving ability, including:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Developmental disorders
  • Limb amputation
  • Other physical or orthopedic impairments
  • Stroke or other neurological disorders
  • Vision impairment

Comprehensive program to help determine how to drive safely

Our staff is experienced in identifying how aging or other health changes can impact the ability to drive.The Methodist Driver Rehabilitation program is provided in four parts:

1. Clinical Evaluation

Before you sit in a vehicle, we will assess your physical, cognitive, perceptual and visual abilities.

2. Behind-the-Wheel Evaluation

Your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle will be assessed in a variety of traffic settings. If needed, adaptive equipment is available.

3. Recommendations

Recommendations will be made the day of the evaluation. When a safe return to driving is not possible, our staff members assist with connection to community transportation options and other resources.

4. Training

If hand controls or other adaptive devices are recommended, further training will be necessary before equipment is installed in your personal vehicle by a third party vendor.

New drivers or individuals who need more practice will benefit from the experiences of a driver rehabilitation specialist to meet specific driving goals with additional one-on-one training sessions.

Who can be helped?

Participation in the Methodist Driver Rehabilitation program can improve:

  • Strength, coordination and reaction time
  • Visual scanning and perception
  • Cognition and decision-making while driving
  • Driving ability by training participants to use adaptive techniques and equipment.

A physician referral is preferred to enroll in this program. Self-payment is required and due at the time of service. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances typically do not cover driver rehabilitation services.

Accreditation

Evaluations are provided by occupational therapists, who are certified as driving instructors with specialized training as driver rehabilitation specialists, and members of the Association of Driver Education for the Disabled. (ADED).

Contact

Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St. | Second Floor North Tower
Omaha, NE 68114

402-354-4670