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Driving Occupational Therapy

Driving is a fundamental activity of daily living for many people, providing independence and a sense of control. However, a range of situations can affect an individuals safety and ability as a driver, for example people with a medical condition, who are ageing or who have a disability. Driving occupational therapy (OT) services can help individuals identify potential driving challenges and improve their driving skills.

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What is Driving Occupational Therapy?

Driving OT is a specialised area of practice that focuses on evaluating and treating the functional abilities necessary for safe driving. The goal of driving OT is to help individuals maintain their independence and safety behind the wheel, regardless of their age or medical condition.

A driving OT assessment typically includes:

  • Driving Occupational Therapy A clinical interview to gather information about the individual’s medical history, medications, and driving history.
  • Driving Occupational Therapy A cognitive evaluation to assess memory, attention, and decision-making skills.
  • Driving Occupational Therapy A visual screening to assess visual acuity, visual fields, and depth perception.
  • Driving Occupational Therapy A physical evaluation to assess strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  • Driving Occupational Therapy An on-road evaluation to assess driving skills and safety.

Who Can Benefit from Driving OT?

Driving OT services can benefit anyone who wants to improve their driving skills or who has concerns about their ability to drive safely. This may include:

  • Older adults who want to maintain their independence and continue driving safely.
  • Individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that may affect their driving abilities.
  • Individuals who have experienced a recent injury or illness that has affected their driving abilities.
  • Caregivers or family members who have concerns about their loved one’s driving safety.
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Benefits Of Driving Occupational Therapy

What Are the Benefits of Driving OT?

Driving OT can provide a range of benefits, including:

Improved driving skills and safety.

Increased confidence behind the wheel.

Increased awareness of potential driving challenges and how to address them.

Peace of mind for family members and caregivers.

Enhanced independence and quality of life.

How to Get Started with Driving OT?

If you or a loved one is interested in driving OT services, the first step is to contact a registered occupational therapist who specialises in driving OT. They can provide you with more information about the assessment process and help you determine if driving OT is right for you. At Adaptability Therapy, we offer Driving OT services around the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas and can assist with assessment and further information as required.

Driving is a critical part of our daily lives, and driving occupational therapy services can help individuals maintain their independence and safety behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has concerns about driving safety, please contact Adaptability Therapy for guidance and support and to get your journey towards safer driving started!

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