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Driver Rehabilitation Gets You Back on the Road After a Stroke

If you've suffered a stroke, The Driver Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital helps put you back in the driver’s seat. For many, the Driver Rehab Program is one of the last services used at Mary Free Bed, but returning to driving is often the most significant activity that restores freedom and independence.

License Status

If you were referred for a driving assessment after a stroke you likely have a valid Michigan driver's license. If your driver's license is expired, the Driver Rehabilitation Program can help you obtain a temporary restricted license for the purpose of completing your driving evaluation and any training.

Driving Evaluation

A stroke has the potential to alter your visual, perceptual, and cognitive skills, which may impair your ability to drive safely. In addition, physical changes — such as an impaired extremity — may make driving difficult and even unsafe.

The effects of a stroke vary tremendously from one person to the next, and potential problems with driving are often hard to identify without an objective assessment that includes an actual driving experience.

At Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the driving evaluation includes a clinical assessment to check for visual, perceptual, cognitive, and physical skills, as well as a behind-the-wheel driving assessment.

What are the usual recommendations following completion of the driving evaluation?

The driving evaluation was successful and no adaptive equipment is required.

Training with adaptive equipment
The evaluation was successful, but adaptive equipment is needed to compensate for functional loss of an arm or leg. A steering knob, a left-foot accelerator, and/or turn signal extension on the right may be required. Training in a vehicle equipped with adaptive equipment and a road test with the Secretary of State to add the equipment to the driver's license as a restriction is recommended. Training is separate from the evaluation process; please expect additional fees.

Not recommended for driving. Significant problems encountered during the evaluation may make driving unsafe.

As your driving advisers, the Driver Rehabilitation Program shares your results with you and your physician, but doesn't report the results to the Secretary of State.

Contact the Mary Free Bed Driver Rehabilitation Program

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Mary Free Bed's Driver Rehabilitation Program at:

616.242.0343 or 800.528.8989


235 Wealthy SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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