Driver Rehab

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Driver rehabilitation at Northern Dutchess Hospital

Rebuilding driving skills, confidence and safety

Driving is a sign of personal independence and a valued daily activity. Health Quest and Northern Dutchess Hospital are committed to helping a variety of individuals drive safely throughout their lifetime. Driving abilities may be impacted by a number of factors including disability, a medical condition or the natural aging process.

Our dedicated occupational therapists, specializing in driver rehabilitation, will work closely with you during a comprehensive evaluation. They will provide recommendations and additional training as needed. If you, or someone you love has a concern about driving, or if you want to return to driving after experiencing a medical condition, make Health Quest your destination for driver rehabilitation.

A valid license and the completion of our medical referral form by your medical provider are required.

Why Choose Us?

  • Driver Rehabilitation is now provided on the Northern Dutchess Hospital campus in Rhinebeck.
  • Our two-part evaluation takes place first in the clinical setting, followed by an on-road evaluation.
  • Our sedan vehicle is equipped with a variety of adaptive equipment for training purposes, should you no longer be able to drive with typical controls.
  • Driver Rehabilitation at Northern Dutchess Hospital follows guidelines established by the American Medical Association, Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and NYS DMV.

Conditions We Treat

  • We offer evaluation or training with any condition or illness that impacts driving, which may include stroke, brain injury, amputation, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.
  • We also work with older adults who may have some impairment due to the natural aging process, or who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Clinical Evaluation

The first step is an evaluation of the foundation skills needed for driving including:

  • Strength and coordination
  • Brake reaction time
  • Vision testing
  • Perceptual processing skills
  • Problem solving and memory
  • Safety awareness

On-Road Assessment

In the safety of a dual control vehicle, program participants are guided through a structured route that covers a variety of traffic conditions. This portion of the evaluation focuses on your ability to safely operate the vehicle, interact with traffic and demonstrate knowledge of rules of the road.

Recommendations

At the end of the comprehensive evaluation, written recommendations are provided which may include:

  • Level of driving independence
  • Driving restrictions to follow as needed
  • Adaptive equipment training

A formal report is sent to you as well as the referring medical provider.

Driver Training at Northern Dutchess Hospital

Individual training sessions are provided to help licensed drivers compensate for a disability or medical condition. Adaptive equipment available for training sessions includes:

  • Hand controls
  • Steering wheel spinner
  • Left foot accelerator
  • Wide-angle mirror
  • Seating and positioning

Preparing for Your Visit

Please call the Health Annex at 845-871-4380 first to complete a brief intake interview over the phone to ensure our program can meet your needs.

The following forms are required prior to scheduling an appointment and can be returned by mail or fax using the information provided at the top of the forms. We are happy to mail you a packet if needed.

DR Greeting Letter

DR Consent for Participation

DR Personal and Medical History Form

DR Medical Referral Information