Medical Driving Evaluations

How Do I Talk To My Aging Loved One About Their Driving?

Posted by Joan Cramer on Feb 20, 2020 11:34:10 AM

You may have noticed that when your dad drives, he struggles to stay between the lines or stop as quickly at lights as he used to. Maybe you’re concerned about the new dents in your mother’s car. 

Any aging driver will experience changes in their vision, physical condition, and cognitive abilities, so it’s natural to be worried about their safety behind the wheel. If so, it may be time to sit down with your elderly friend or family member and have a serious discussion about the future of their driving.

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Topics: aging, health, elderly, memory loss, alzheimers, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, arthritis, vision, adaptive driving, anxiety

Driving with ALS

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 4, 2019 5:24:42 PM

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of ALS can be very difficult. ALS leads to progressive loss of muscle function, which can affect many aspects of life, including the ability to drive. 

However, just because you’ve been diagnosed with ALS doesn’t mean an immediate loss of your independence, whether on the road or throughout your life.

In this article, we’ll explore exactly what ALS is, how it affects your body, and how with the help of adaptive driving devices and occupational therapy you can safely extend your time driving.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical, medical driving, ALS

Driving with Arthritis

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 4, 2019 4:55:29 PM

Almost 40 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, a form of joint pain or stiffness that can make many daily tasks difficult and unpleasant, including driving. 

If pain in your hands, wrists, knees, hips, neck, back, or feet makes operating a vehicle difficult or impossible, it’s easy to feel like your independence, mobility, and freedom might be soon to follow. 

The good news is that there are many ways to take the pain out of driving and get you back on the road. In this article, we’ll touch on arthritis, the challenges that arise when you drive with joint pain, and some strategies to safely and confidently get behind the wheel.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical, medical driving, arthritis

Driving with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:18:58 AM

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, we don’t need to explain the challenges that this autoimmune disorder can pose in your life. 

Fortunately, for most sufferers of MS, a loss of independence through the ability to drive isn’t necessarily one of them. Despite the fact that multiple sclerosis can present some physical, visual, or cognitive deficits, most individuals are still able to effectively get behind the wheel and drive.

In this article, we’ll explore multiple sclerosis and how it can affect your ability to drive safely. Then, we’ll explore how with a little bit of help from adaptive equipment and some guidance from a certified driver rehabilitation specialist, you can safely and confidently continue driving.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, medical driving, MS, multiple sclerosis

Driving After a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:14:56 AM

Adapting to life after a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a scary and difficult process for many reasons. Tasks that were simple before may be challenging or impossible now, which can lead to some very understandable feelings like you’ve lost independence or freedom. 

One major area that affects people recovering from an SCI is driving, which to many people represents a fundamental part of mobility and independence. However, thanks to adaptive driving equipment and training, thousands of people with SCIs have been able to relearn to drive and safely get back on the road, even with paraplegic or quadriplegic injuries.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, medical driving, spinal cord, spine injury

Driving with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Memory Loss

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:04:12 AM

Memory loss can be a daunting diagnosis that affects every ability of your life, including your ability to drive. Delayed reactions, a lack of concentration, impaired judgment, or sudden confusion can be difficult to deal with in general, and behind the wheel, they can be a dangerous combination. 

In this article, we’ll explore the symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of memory loss, touch on how they affect your driving ability, and discuss some possible avenues of action.

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Topics: aging, health, elderly, memory loss, alzheimers, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical

Driving is Important

We Are Here to Keep You Safe Behind the Wheel

Our Driver Rehabilitation program works with patients whose change in health may affect their ability to safely drive. We have a team of Certified Driving Rehab Specialists that will work with patients on evaluating your driving abilities. We also have a team of professional instructors to help you gain or regain the skills you need to drive. We created this blog to talk about the various diagnoses we experience and how they may affect your experience behind the wheel. 

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