OT Driving Assessments
R eturning to driving after injury or illness envokes many mixed feelings. After all you have been driving all of your adult life and daily routine seems impossible without the independence of being able to drive.
Your doctor may have concerns about your medical condition and requires an expert opinion. Most often our clients have early on-set dementia, memory loss, cognitive decline or brain injuries, or physical impairments.
Coastal Rehab driving assessments determine if a medical condition or disability impacts on your fitness to drive. At Coastal Rehab we take a supportive approach to all our clients. The assessments are holistic, taking into account driving history, off an on-road performance, and current or possible restrictions.
Coastal Rehab has two decades of experience and offers qualified driver trained Occupational Therapists. Our services include vehicle modifications, licensing policies and procedures for drivers with medical conditions.
The driving assessment process takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and is conducted out of our office in Buddina.
The Driving Assessments comprises of 3 parts:
The ‘off-road assessment’ is completed first, in the office where
- your driving history and skills are identified.
- your needs and barriers to resumption of driving are reviewed.
- your knowledge of road law will be assessed.
The second ‘on-road assessment’ is conducted in the driving instructors dual controlled car (either automatic or manual)
- You are encouraged to “relax” and assume your normal rhythm and driving habits and skills.
- The purpose of the on-road is to determination your current capacities.
Driving Assessment Report
Following your assessment a professional/clinical determination report is submitted to your referring doctor who will make the final decision regarding your driving. If your assessment is satisfactory the occupational therapist may recommend that:
- you resume driving unconditionally, or
- with modifications to your car, and/or
- some restrictions to your driving.
Coastal Rehab will identify specialised interventions to support a client’s driving independence or driver rehabilitation program if required.
As part of the driving assessment, Coastal Rehab may also counsel clients on retirement from driving and the potential impact on their lives.
OT Driving Assessment Cost
Fees for an OT driving assessment can vary. There is a cost for the Occupational Therapist which includes both the off-road and on-road appointments and a professional report, and the Driving Instructor and car fee. Please call on 07 5478 3719 to find out the cost applicable to your assessment.
*OT driving assessment is not covered by Medicare. Private health insurance rebates may be available in some situations.