Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
Driver Rehabilition Training at Richmond VAMC
Driving is a significant activity for many Veterans. Eric Bland, KinesiotherapistÂ and Driver Rehabilitation Specialist at the Richmond VA Medical Center utilizes a driving simulator for a Functional Driving Assessment which provides definitive, objective information so there is an accurate assessment of a Veteranâ€™s ability to drive. With the FDA, the Veteran can â€śdriveâ€ť in different kinds of traffic and weather conditions without getting on the road while measuring many different driving tasks.
The device is useful for patients who may have suffered a physical injury, illness or some other condition that may inhibit the ability to drive safely. Eric Bland notes that, â€ś the best part of the assessment process is when we help Veterans regain their independence.â€ť