Norton Neurosciences and Spine Rehabilitation Center | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Driving Assessment Program

The Norton Hospital Driving Assessment Program is a service of Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center. The program is for individuals affected by neurological, orthopedic or developmental conditions, and those who have experienced age-related changes in function. Our goals are to evaluate and help restore driving ability so you can return to safe, independent driving.

Who Can Benefit?

The program provides driving evaluations and training for:

  • Aging drivers, including those with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or dementia
  • Drivers with disabilities, including physical or visual impairments from brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other medical conditions

Why Choose Our Program?

Driving assessments are given by a licensed occupational therapist certified as a driving rehabilitation specialist, stroke rehabilitation specialist and low vision specialist. If necessary after the completion of the assessment, the therapist can develop an individualized treatment plan to increase skills for safe driving with or without adaptive equipment.

Results of the assessment are shared with the patient and ordering physician. The physician has the right to report any unsafe driving practices to the state in which the driver’s license was issued.

Behind-the-wheel Evaluation

Our three-hour assessment consists of a clinical evaluation and on-road evaluation in a hospital-owned vehicle. The clinical portion of the assessment measures vision, visual-perceptual skills (accuracy and timeliness in which the brain understands what the eyes are seeing), physical ability (reaction time, strength and mobility) and cognitive skills (attention, decision-making, memory).

On-road Skills Training

Our certified driver rehabilitation specialist provides personal training on how to safely operate a vehicle using adaptations and modifications, compensatory techniques and safety procedures. Our specialists provide training with the following vehicle modifications:

  • Spinner knobs
  • Hand controls
  • Left foot accelerator
  • Turn signal crossover

Vehicle Modification Recommendations

All vehicle modifications are installed by National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association-certified specialists. Patients who need modifications receive a prescription detailing their personal needs to ensure driving safety. A final evaluation will be completed after the modifications are installed to ensure the vehicle meets each patient’s needs.

Rehab Services

Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center provides individualized rehabilitation in an outpatient setting on the Norton Hospital medical campus in downtown Louisville. The center provides the following services with a physician’s order:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy

How to Sign Up for a Driving Assessment

  • Obtain a physician’s referral that includes all pertinent diagnoses and contact information. This can be faxed or sent by the physician through our electronic medical records system.
  • We will contact you to schedule an appointment upon receiving the referral.
  • A valid driver’s license or permit is required for the on-road assessment and training.
  • We will send you pre-admission paperwork detailing your driving history.

The driving assessment program is not covered by health insurance at this time. There is a charge for services. Contact our office to discuss pricing. We can assist with connecting to transportation resources in the community if driving is deemed unsafe.

Contact Us

Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center
Norton Healthcare Pavilion, Suite 90
315 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 629-2501
Fax: (502) 629-2526
NortonHealthcare.com/NSRehab

Neuro spine rehab – 2501

Norton Neurosciences and Spine Rehabilitation Center

(502) 629-2501

Vaccinated? Those sniffles may mean you can spread COVID-19

You can still spread COVID-19 after you’ve been fully vaccinated, so be mindful that your cold or allergy symptoms may be a mild breakthrough case that can be spread to unvaccinated children and others — […]

Read Full Story

Dementia or normal aging? 5 signs to look for with memory loss

For adults, particularly in their 60s and 70s, occasional forgetfulness is nothing to worry about. Sometimes you forget what day it is but remember it later. It’s common for older adults to occasionally forget something […]

Read Full Story

Bone health in your 40s

Besides exercise, diet and lifestyle choices, bone health is of critical importance as we age. A house is only as strong as its foundation, and your bones are your body’s foundation. Here are some things […]

Read Full Story

Uncle, nephew each survive strokes just weeks apart and get the same neurosurgeon

Duke Nichter is more a second dad to Paul Nichter than their true family relationship of uncle and nephew. For decades, they’ve enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing life’s journey together. In early 2021, the two [...]

Read Full Story

Region’s first doula program of its kind established with $250,000 gift

Norton Women’s Care soon will offer a new doula program that aims to improve the long-term health of new mothers. The program, which will begin this fall, will be made possible thanks in part to […]

Read Full Story
Related Stories

Vaccinated? Those sniffles may mean you can spread COVID-19

You can still spread COVID-19 after you’ve been fully vaccinated, so be mindful that your cold or allergy symptoms may be a mild breakthrough case that can be spread to unvaccinated children and others — […]

Read Full Story

Dementia or normal aging? 5 signs to look for with memory loss

For adults, particularly in their 60s and 70s, occasional forgetfulness is nothing to worry about. Sometimes you forget what day it is but remember it later. It’s common for older adults to occasionally forget something […]

Read Full Story

Bone health in your 40s

Besides exercise, diet and lifestyle choices, bone health is of critical importance as we age. A house is only as strong as its foundation, and your bones are your body’s foundation. Here are some things […]

Read Full Story

Uncle, nephew each survive strokes just weeks apart and get the same neurosurgeon

Duke Nichter is more a second dad to Paul Nichter than their true family relationship of uncle and nephew. For decades, they’ve enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing life’s journey together. In early 2021, the two [...]

Read Full Story

Region’s first doula program of its kind established with $250,000 gift

Norton Women’s Care soon will offer a new doula program that aims to improve the long-term health of new mothers. The program, which will begin this fall, will be made possible thanks in part to […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.

Schedule an Appointment

Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.