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Driving Evaluation

Program Objective:

  • To provide clients, families and personal physicians a comprehensive assessment of a person’s ability to drive
  • To provide recommendations regarding the individual's capacity to drive
  • To provide modifications that need to be made to assist the individual in resuming driving

Our clients are individuals with physical and cognitive changes related to injury, or due to aging.

The Evaluation Process - two one and a half-hour sessions~

  • Part I - In Clinic Assessment:
    Certified occupational therapist performs assessment of strength, coordination, A A1 sensation, vision, perception, cognitive functioning and reaction time.
  • Part II - On Road Evaluation:
    Certified Driving Instructor and Occupational Therapist conduct a behind the wheel evaluation. The evaluation takes place in a driving school vehicle equipped with an instructor brake and adaptive equipment. The assessment includes driving in parking lots, cities, residential areas, rotaries and highways. Following the on-road assessment, the occupational therapist and certified driving instructor will provide a feedback session with recommendations and adaptations necessary for the patient to return to the road.

Admission Criteria

  • Must meet Maine DMV standards for visual acuity/peripheral vision
  • Free of seizure activity in the past 6 months
  • Current drivers license or instructional permit must be present at the time of the on-road assessment
  • A six month waiting period after a medical condition has occurred is recommended for some patients prior to participation in the program
  • A physician’s order is required for an occupational therapy evaluation

How to Refer
Please fax a prescription to Rehabilitation Services at (207) 467-6996. The prescription must clarify the need for an occupational therapy driving evaluation.

Please Note
The Driving Evaluation is a private-pay program. Each portion of the driving assessment is $150.00, to be paid before the on-road evaluation is commenced. A separate charge for the driving instructor is due on the day of the on-road evaluation.

For more information about our driving program, please call SMHC's Therapy Center in Kennebunk at (207) 467-6927.

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