REHAB’s Drivers Program helps put patients back behind the wheel

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Persons with a disability or injury may sometimes need driver training to get back behind the wheel. REHAB Hospital of the Pacific’s drivers program provides a comprehensive evaluation to assess an individual’s ability to drive – whether that means the individual can continue driving, return to driving, or even learn to drive for the first time. Driver rehabilitation specialist Whitney Reigh Asao and stroke survivor and drivers program participant Craig Enomoto sat down with Jobeth Devera to explain how the program works.

Safety is always top of mind at REHAB and the evaluation process is meant to maintain the safety of clients and the community.  The Driving Rehabilitation Specialists assess the client’s abilities to reintegrate into the community by maintaining or regaining driving independence. Pending the results of the comprehensive evaluation, we also have additional components that work with client’s impairments to help them regain independence such as a behind-the-wheel assessment, adaptive equipment consultation and optional additional training sessions.

There is no typical patient for the REHAB Drivers Program. It works with each client to find the best solution given their impairments. Some patients have been driving all their life and are faced with injury or illness which affects their ability to drive while others have never driven a day in their life but want to take on driving to alleviate the dependency on their loved ones. For participants who are unable have full range of motion (i.e. turning the wheel all the way around) the program offers adaptive equipment fittings customized  to the patient’s needs.

About REHAB Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB)
For 65 years, REHAB Hospital of the Pacific has been dedicated to rebuilding lives.  As the only comprehensive medical rehabilitation hospital in Hawaii, REHAB has been providing exemplary care to those with physical and cognitive disabilities, such as stroke and spinal cord injuries, empowering patients to reach optimal health and independence.

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