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Meet the Rehab Team

Services and treatments

Adaptive Equipment
Balance Training
Biofeedback
Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
Children's Services
Communication Therapy
Cognitive Assessment
Concussion Testing
Craniosacral Therapy
Daily Living Skills
Driving Evaluation and Safety
Ergonomic Training & Consultation
Falls Prevention Clinic
Fluidotherapy
Hand Therapy
Headaches and TMJ
Home Safety
Industrial Rehab
Interactive Metronome Program
Job Placement Assessment
Low Vision Therapy
Lymphedema Therapy
Myofascial Release
Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
Neck and Low Back Pain
Parkinson's Clinic
Pediatric Speech Therapy
Pool Therapy
Positional Release
Pressure Mapping
Sensory Integration Therapy
Soft Tissue Technique
Splinting
Strain Counter Strain
Strategic Orthopedics
Swallowing Therapy
Therapeutic Listening Program
Total Joint Rehab Class
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Ultrasound Therapy
Urinary Incontinence Therapy
Vestibular Rehab & Balance
Video Fluoroscopy
Wheelchair Evaluation
Work Conditioning
Work Site Analysis
Wound Therapy

Driving Evaluation and Safety

Driving represents independence and control over our lives. Driving gives us the freedom to visit family and friends, go out to eat, shop, worship, and get to appointments without having to ask for help. However, unsafe driving puts our lives and the lives of others at risk so it's important for all of us to be safe and skilled drivers.

It isn't unusual for driving skills to deteriorate with age, and it makes sense that as skills decline, accidents increase. The number of accidents per mile driven increases with age and rises sharply after age 75.

Many drivers adjust as their abilities change, such as not driving at night, and most are able to maintain safe driving habits. Other drivers may not see or want to admit to the physical, visual or cognitive changes that affect their safe driving ability.

If you are concerned about your driving skills, or if you know someone who may not be driving his/her best, talk about it with a family member and consider visiting with your family physician about a driving evaluation.

Is it time for a check-up?

Rice Rehabilitation Center offers an evaluation to assess your driving skills.
The evaluation includes:

  • Physical skills - strength, flexibility, coordination
  • Cognitive skills - processing information
  • Vision and visual perception
  • Knowledge of general driving regulations
  • Understanding traffic signs
  • Review of medications that may affect safe driving (such as heart, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, sleep, and pain pills)
  • Review of medical conditions that may affect safe driving (such as diabetes, stroke, Parkinson's, seizure disorder, Alzheimer's dementia, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and difficulty staying awake)

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The Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program at Rice Rehab Center is available through your physicians referral.

For more information about the Driving Evaluation Program,
please contact:

Rice Rehabilitation Center
311 SW 3rd St.
Willmar, MN 56201

Lynn Stier, Director
320.231.4175
lsti@rice.willmar.mn.us

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