Q. I’ve lost use of my right arm and leg after a stroke but I still need to drive. Who can help me?
A. Health problems tend to increase with age. A physician may recommend a driving evaluation before a client returns to driving following a serious health problem such as a stroke.
Q. My children are worried but I just drive to places in my neighborhood, how could that be a problem?
A. Friends, spouses and adult children may have observed problems with driving, Often those closest to the person have the most difficulty providing guidance and determining if it is time for the person to stop driving. A driving evaluation allows an impartial professional to assist the client, family and physician in determining the best course of action.
Q. I’ve been a good driver for over 60 years. Do I have to stop just because I am over 80?
A. Driving longevity can be maximized with appropriate intervention. Many seniors impose
limits on their driving (time of day, length of trips, and types of roadways) but this self-restriction may not be enough. Specific abilities such as vision, flexibility, reaction time, memory and strength are necessary for safe driving can indicate that a driver would benefit from a formal driving evaluation.
Freedom & Mobility
Our senior screening is tailored to the special needs of this population
- A statistically validated approach
- Measures the crash risk
- Based on research sponsored by NHTSA and the National Institute on Aging
- Provides an individual risk factor assessment and impairment scale
- If needed the ability to remember routes will be assessed
- Specific recommendations will be made.
- When appropriate, training can be done to improve the driver’s skills.
- If adaptive equipment is necessary, the client will be trained to operation it safely and advised on the most appropriate equipment and vehicle modifications.
- When necessary, driving cessation will be recommended.
- Safety is our main concern.