Offers Lymphedema management program by certified occupational therapists.
Offers driving evaluation for the elderly. Participants insurance is billed/reduced rates for those without insurance.
Changes with Age:
Vision: Focusing ability and ability to see moving objects decreases, night driving becomes more difficult, cataracts and other eye diseases that may affect vision are more prevalent.
Mobility: Decreased range of motion, often due to arthritis; loss of strength, endurance and flexibility.
Cognitive skills: Slower decision-making abilities, which affects reaction time; difficulty in gauging a vehicle's speed; difficulty managing multiple tasks at the same time.
Medications: Increase in number of medications taken, some of which may cause drowsiness or other side effects.
Evaluation includes: medical history review, driving history review, cognitive screening, vision screening, assessment of functional status, analysis of medications, review of alcohol use, review of sleep habits, reaction time analysis, assessment of threat recognition, driving simulator experience, on-the-road driving test, alternative transportation information, educational opportunities, remediation opportunities.
Driving program is a diagnostic evaluation that takes a look at the basic skills needed to drive and clients ability to perform these skills. Goal of the program is to help maintain driving independence. May make recommendations such as adaptive equipment, modification of medication, or physical or occupational therapy. Evaluation is highly individualized, so drivers are not compared. Provides alternative to giving up driving.
A driver makes about 20 decisions per mile.
Drivers over the age of 69 are twice as likely as middle-aged drivers to be involved in fatal car accidents.
The leading cause of accidental death in ages 65-74 is motor vehicle accidents.
Portions of evaluation may be covered by insurance. Call insurance carrier for details.