Occupational Therapists are trained to assess more than the skills and conditions of a driver. The therapist is trained to assess the overall lifestyle and needs of the person. The primary purpose of occupational therapy is to help the person remain independent. A driver assessment with an OT can provide a person with information on how to remain safe behind the wheel, what community transportation options are available and assist in decision making when driving is no longer a safe activity.
A doctor’s referral is needed to perform a driver’s evaluation and this is usually requested by the patient or a family member. Results of the assessment are shared with the patient, their doctor, and family members as requested by the individual.
A driver assessment takes about one and a half hours. During the assessment, a recent history of the person’s driving needs and abilities is obtained. A physical assessment looks at a person’s upper and lower body strength, sensation and mobility as it pertains to driving. A comprehensive visual exam is performed. Cognition and reaction time are the final portions of the assessment. This assessment does not include a behind the wheel portion but you may be referred on for a behind the wheel test if appropriate.
Assessments are available in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay.
To request more information or to schedule an appointment with an occupational therapist, please call Ministry Door County Medical Center Rehabilitation Services at 920-746-0410.