+ When is driving training recommended?
Client who may benefit from additional driving rehabilitation will be recommended for driving training sessions. Training is most often recommended for clients who present with inconsistent driving skills, the potential to improve, and/or learning to drive with adaptive driving equipment.
+ How does the driving evaluation process work?
- Get a referral from your doctor (“occupational therapy driver evaluation & treatment”)
- Schedule your appointment (by either calling 484-650-2280 or using our online appointment system)
- Complete your online intake & sign forms (medical release, liability release & consent, driver’s license attestation)
- Participate in your evaluation & training
- Outcome is shared with you, your family & referring doctor
- Driving training
+ How long is the full driving evaluation?
All three steps take about 3 hours.
+ What will I need for my appointment?
- Valid driver’s license
- Referral from your doctor ordering “OT Driving Evaluation and Treatment”
- Completed intake & signed forms
- Credit card for payment
+ Can I use my own car for the driving evaluation?
The second component of the driving evaluation takes place behind the wheel in our driving rehabilitation car. We have an automatic, four door sedan equipped with driving rehabilitation instructor equipment. We appreciate that driving someone else car requires some time and adjustment. Therefore, your time behind the wheel will start with a vehicle orientation and warm up period, then, once you are ready, then the evaluation will begin first by traveling to familiar locations in your community and then by being challenged with less familiar routes.
+ What are typical outcomes after a driving evaluation?
This discussion typically includes you, your specialists, and a family member. Outcomes may include any of the following: fitness to drive, additional driving training, hold on driving with plans for re-evaluation, or driving retirement.
+ Who will receive a copy of my evaluation?
Outcomes are shared with your referring doctor, and may be shared with your state licensing agency.
+ What if my driver’s license has been suspended?
If your driver’s license has been suspended, please reach out to us as we may still be able to help! Our specialists are skilled with understanding various state licensing & permit processes.
+ Why do I need a referral order from my doctor?
Many of our clients are recovering from a medical illness or injury and therefore need to secure their doctor’s permission to participate in the driving evaluation. The referral order for an, “Occupational Therapy Driving Evaluation & treatment,” serves as permission to evaluate you.
+ When is payment due?
Payment is due at the time of service via credit card. Your specialist will collect payment at the start of your appointment.
+ What if I need to cancel my appointment?
When you schedule your appointment with us, we block off several hours to be able to provide you with individualized care. We understand that things do come up and you may need to reschedule your appointment. Should you need to do so, we request you reschedule any needs at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment. This will provide us with enough time to help reshuffle our schedules.
Appoint cancellations that occur within 48 hours, are subject to a cancellation fee of $50. Cancellation fees will be billed directly to the client via invoice.
+ Can I drive myself to my appointment?
Please have a licensed friend or family member bring you to your appointment. In most situations, we will gladly meet and work with you from your home. However, should we meet you at another location, please do NOT drive yourself to your appointment. This appointment includes an evaluation of your driving behaviors. Therefore, all clients are driven to/from the appointment by another licensed driver. If a driver transports him/herself to the appointment, alternative arrangements for return to home will be arranged and the driver rehab specialist has the right to cancel the appointment. Cancellation fee may apply.
+ I watch a toddler during the day, is it okay if she is at my appointment?
During your time with us, we want you to be able to focus and do you best! Therefore, clients must be available for evaluation without any dependents present, including children or other adults that require supervision.
+ My mother has dementia with good days & bad days, what if she is evaluated on a good day?
Dementia and other progressive conditions may result in the presentation of inconsistent performance skills, requiring more than one session to establish pattern of driving behaviors. Your driving rehab specialist will work with you to establish needed behind the wheel evaluation and follow up assessments (training sessions). Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this recommendation. Additional session(s) will be provided at the established training rate, not an additional evaluation fee.
+ How much does a driving evaluation cost?
- 15 minute phone consultation: $0
- Driving evaluation: $500
- Modified Driving Evaluation*: $350
- Driving training: $30/15 minutes
- Travel fee (beyond 25 minutes): $25/15 minutes
- Cancellation charge (less than 48 hrs notice): $50
*Modified evaluation applies for experienced drivers seeking adaptive equipment script; clients only completing clinical portion of the driving evaluation; clients who present with extensive, recent (within three months) neurological testing or occupational therapy tests & measures that satisfy clinical testing needs