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Drivers Services

  • 2016 outcomes

    For many of us, being able to drive means independence, mobility and a sense of control in our lives. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s unique Driver Assessment and Training service consists of both assessment and training. New or experienced drivers with visual, cognitive, physical, mental health, medical challenges, or changes due to aging may benefit from our services. For more than 35 years, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has been the leader in driver assessment and training for seniors and people with disabilities.

    Courage Kenny Driver Assessment is a Minnesota state licensed driving school. We require all clients complete a driver assessment prior to beginning any training. The majority of our clients participate in a Comprehensive Driver Assessment which is a three-hour appointment.  During the assessment, clients participate in an interview, clinical testing to evaluate the critical physical, visual and cognitive skills used while driving, and complete an on-the-road performance in one of the Courage Kenny vehicles. Outcomes from the assessment are discussed with each client at the conclusion of the assessment.  Outcomes may be to continue/return to driving with or without restrictions, completing training/driving lessons, driving cessation or other recommendations.

    Demographics

    In 2016, there were 1,030 clients seen for driving assessment, training, or both.

    • 40% of clients were female and 60% were male.
    • 98% of clients spoke English as their primary language, 2% spoke a language other than English

    Drivers services age of clients chart 2016

    Drivers services race of clients 2016 chart

    2016 Diagnoses of persons served by drivers services chart

    Client satisfaction

    Drivers services client satisfaction chart 1 - 2016

    Drivers services client satisfaction chart 2 - 2016

    Drivers services client satisfaction chart 3 - 2016

    Client Outcomes

    Driving lessons

    Of the 121 respondents that took lessons, with one of the purposes of the lessons being to prepare them for the MN state road test, 51% had taken the test. Of those that had taken the road test, 93% passed. The 57 clients who passed the state road test are driving a median of five days a week. Twenty-one drive to work or school, 43 drive for health-related activities, 43 drive for social activities, and 43 drive for shopping and groceries.

    Adaptive equipment evaluation

    After completing a driving assessment 62 respondents completed driving lessons to further explore their potential to drive using adaptive equipment and received recommendations for adaptive equipment. Twenty-five respondents who own their own vehicle had this adaptive equipment installed, and 100% were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their service. Of the 25 who had equipment installed, 20 were driving at the time of the survey a median of five days a week. Five drive to work or school, 17 drive to health-related appointments, 19 drive to social activities, and 17 drive to grocery and other shopping.

    More information

    For more information on outcomes, please call 612-775-2510. For information about Drivers Services, please call 612-775-2829. To make an appointment for a driver assessment, please call 612-262-7855.