Mercy Driver Rehabilitation

Comprehensive Driving Evaluations in Canton, Ohio

Mercy Driver Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive driving evaluation and rehabilitation program for presently or previously licensed drivers.

Our program focuses on:

  • D — Driver abilities
  • R — Resources
  • I — Integration into the community
  • V — Vehicle modifications & equipment
  • E — Education

Today's roads are crowded with more cars than ever. The agility and concentration required to safely navigate among so many cars and different types of drivers can be overwhelming for anyone of any age.

Driver Evaluation Program in Canton, OhioThis is even more difficult for individuals recovering from an injury or illness such as:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease
  • Loss of a limb
  • Cerebral palsy or developmental issues
  • Memory or cognitive problems, dementia
  • Other age-related issues

If you or someone you know has experienced one of these setbacks or has noticed a change in abilities due to age, Mercy Medical Center's Driver Rehabilitation Program can help determine if you're able to drive in a safe manner. Occupational therapists, that are certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, can assess:

  • Physical strength and movement
  • Visual and perceptual abilities
  • Memory and concentration
  • Knowledge of driving rules
  • Reaction time
  • Ability to drive in various situations on the Driving Simulator
  • Actual on-the-road driving skills

Upon completion of the evaluation, recommendations can be made to you and your physician which may include:

  • Various adaptive equipment such as steering wheel knobs, left foot accelerator and hand controls
  • Driver training
  • Education on new laws and ways to compensate for age-related changes
  • Alternative forms of community mobility

If you feel that the Driver Rehabilitation Program may be helpful, please consult your physician for a referral. You can also refer yourself for an evaluation or you can be referred through an agency such as the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.