Thursday, October 10, 2013

Driving Evaluations for Patients Now Offered at Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System has begun a Driver Rehabilitation program that provides a comprehensive evaluation on whether a patient can safely drive a car.

The program is intended for elderly patients and patients with conditions such as stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and poor vision.
The clinical evaluation takes 1.5 hours. It includes a medical history and tests of the patient’s visual skills, perceptual skills, cognition, reaction time, physical ability and motor function.

A report will be sent to the patient’s physician and shared with the patient and family members. It will recommend whether the patient is:

  • Fit to drive.
  • Should participate in a behind-the-wheel assessment.
  • Is not fit to drive due to significant impairments.

At the end of testing, this delicate issue is discussed in a careful and sensitive way, helping drivers and family members understand the risks and explore other transportation options if needed.

In some cases, Driver Rehabilitation will recommend adaptations to the car to enable  patients to keep driving. Patients also may benefit from follow-up treatments such as occupational therapy or vision care.

When ordered by a physician, Driver Rehabilitation usually is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.

The Driver Rehabilitation program will be conducted by Megan McCullough, OTR/L, DRS, an occupational therapist with training in driver rehabilitation. The evaluations will be conducted at Loyola Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, 1219 W. Roosevelt, Maywood, Ill.

For more information, please call 708-216-5300.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.