Thursday, May 28, 2015

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 part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.