Overcoming a Traumatic Injury or a Disabling Medical Condition is Compounded with the Loss of Driving Capabilities. Programs are Available That Assess Whether Driving Hand Controls Can be Used — and Help to Get a Patient Back on the Road.
Think about how many times you use your car in a week — and then imagine that it’s gone. You suddenly find yourself needing to rely on friends and family every time you need to go to the store or to run a simple errand. For people who have suffered a disabling event in their lives and can no longer use their vehicle, this is the reality they must face every day.
Fortunately for many of our clients, there are dedicated physical therapists and driver-rehabilitation specialists that are trained to help people with getting back their independence. One of the many tools being used in rehab training is the use of a driver simulator that specialists use to train patients on the use of hand controls. After the simulator training is completed, they will then decide if the person can continue with an on-road assessment with a specially fitted car that has hand control equipment installed. Once a program is completed and the referring physician approves of the specialist’s adaptive equipment recommendations, hand controls and other sophisticated devices can be installed on almost any type of vehicle to make that happen.