Vocational Therapy and Driver Occupational Therapy

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An injury or illness can impact your ability to handle routine, everyday tasks, including driving. Some illnesses and injuries are so severe that they can impact your ability to return to a job you love. Others make it hard to find any kind of employment.

At MetroHealth, we understand those challenges. We offer a variety of programs that can help.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 216-778-4414.

Driver Rehabilitation

Driving involves fine-motor skills, and driving in crowded situations can mean making dozens of snap decisions, all at once. Our Driver Rehabilitation Program helps you work on your driving skills as you work through an injury or an illness.

When you enroll, our occupational therapist will perform a thorough driving evaluation to determine how well you're driving in real time. Then, we determine what’s needed to improve your driving ability, such as hand controls, wheelchair adaptations, physical therapy or something else altogether.

Some people come to us after an injury. Many seniors benefit from driver rehabilitation, also. Our therapists work with older drivers and their families so that everyone can make smart choices about senior life on the road.

Industrial Rehabilitation

MetroHealth's WorkLink Work-Related Rehabilitation Program works to get you back on the job quickly and safely. We provide you with functional capacity tests to determine what type of work might be best for you. We provide conditioning classes so you can build up the strength and endurance you need for work. We have a rehabilitation psychologist on staff to address emotional health concerns caused by your injury or illness.

We offer:

  • Job analysis evaluations
  • Medical care
    • Medical exams for insurance
    • Pain management 
    • Treatment of burns, amputations, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries
    • Treatment of spine, repetitive strain and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Vocational services

When you enroll, our team develops a treatment plan just for you. Together, we determine when you'll be ready to get back to work. Through it all, we communicate with your employer, insurance company and case manager so that you can focus on getting better.

Injured Workers Walk-In Clinic

If you have an injury that isn't life-threatening, come to the Injured Workers Walk-In Clinic at the MetroHealth Main Campus. A certified physician will see to your injury and get a treatment plan in place. You can use our outpatient rehabilitation programs to help you heal and return to work.

The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Or, visit one of our MetroExpressCare locations. No matter where you go, make sure you get medical attention within 10 days of your injury to avoid complications.

Vocational Services

Our licensed and certified vocational counselors assess each person's strengths, interests and capabilities. They also look at barriers to employment and help you develop reasonable expectations for employment. Counselors work with you to bring your employment plan to life.

We work with people who have experienced a variety of medical conditions, such as:

  • Amputation
  • Neurological impairment
  • Orthopedic or neuromuscular injury
  • Spinal cord injury

We provide a variety of services, such as career and benefits counseling, job coaching and placement courses, and computer skills training. If you need help building up strength or endurance for work, we offer work hardening and conditioning support as well.