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What are Good Samaritan's Driver Rehabilitation Services?

For many people driving is the key to independence. A comprehensive driving assessment performed by a CDRS (Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist) is a helpful tool in determining whether a person is safe behind the wheel. For some people, driver rehabilitation assists in regaining driving skills following an injury or illness. For others, the CDRS will evaluate whether or not it is safe to continue driving.

People with the following medical conditions may benefit from a comprehensive driver evaluation:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amputation(s)
  • Congenital disabilities
  • Disabilities with aging
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis/ Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

Who's Eligible for Participation?

Anyone wishing to participate must be:

  • Medically stable
  • Have a valid driver’s license or driver’s permit
  • Have a Physician referral or prescription

Program Outline

Pre-driving Clinical Assessment

Our clinical assessment may include:

  • Vision testing
  • Reaction time screen
  • Memory and problem solving screen
  • Upper and lower body strength/ coordination

On-road Assessment

Following successful completion of the clinical assessment, you will be given an on-road evaluation in a hospital-provided vehicle. The driving environment and route will be determined by the CDRS and will be based on your clinic assessment, driving goals, and training needs.

Recommendations

  • Recommendations regarding the next step in your driving plan, which may include;
  • Further training at Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Training with specialized driving equipment
  • Follow up with therapy services to improve deficit areas
  • Follow up with your MD or the Department of Licensing
  • Retirement from driving (CDRS will provide assistance and education regarding   alternative transportation options)

Are There Other Considerations?

The Department of Licensing ultimately grants driving privilege. Participation in the Driver Rehabilitation Services program doesn’t eliminate your responsibility to contact the DOL with any change in medical status. You may be required to re-take all or part of the Washington State driver’s exam to show competency.

The comprehensive driving evaluation provides valuable information that assists the referring physician in filling out a medical certificate if the DOL requires it.

How is This Program Funded?

Driver Rehabilitation Services is typically private pay. In some cases, funding is available through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, worker’s compensation or school systems.

How Do Clients Get Started?

  1. Contact your primary care physician or specialist and request a referral to Good Samaritan Hospital Driver Rehabilitation Services
  2. Request your referring physician to fax the order and demographics to 253-697-5180.
  3. Good Samaritan Hospital will obtain insurance pre-authorization/ benefit coverage information, if available. A copy of recent medical records may be obtained if deemed necessary.
  4. Upon completion of steps two and three a Good Samaritan staff member will contact you to set up a financial agreement and schedule an appointment with the CDRS

Questions?

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Rehabilitation Administration at Good Samaritan Hospital at 253-697-2710.