Safe Driver Hub
Assessments To Clarify Your Cognitive Skills To Drive
Chronic health changes and particularly those seen with neurological conditions can impact on a person’s ability to live life. No doubt, driving safely is one area of public concern.
Health conditions can impact the skills necessary for driving such as your:
- Memory skills, movement and coordination, strength, perception and sensation, for example, which is seen more so in people 75 years and older than younger people.
That’s one reason why drivers, 75 years and over, are subject to regular medical assessments and OT driving assessment. So, if you’re an older driver, and want to keep driving, you’ll need to see your doctor at least once every year for a medical assessment to drive.
Your GP may be confident to make this decision. In some cases, they may request an Occupational Therapy assessment to help clarify your cognitive fitness to drive.
That’s where the Safe Driver Hub services can help.
Gives A Complete And Compassionate Assessment
The Possible Outcomes Of The Assessment
When Should A Person Get Their Cognitive Fitness To Drive Assessed?
Are you concerned about a person who is showing possible changes in their driving abilities? Perhaps you’re aware of a person’s medical condition that is likely to affect their ability to drive safely. In these situations we recommend you liaise directly with your GP who may recommend an OT driving assessment.
In order to schedule an occupational therapy assessment a detailed medical summary and referral is required before we can accept any appointment.
All in all, the Safe Driver Hub is designed to help older adults stay safe on our roads by providing them with information about their cognitive skills related to driving and how they can improve these skills.
The hub also aims to provide reassurance that there are services available should a person’s GP want a detailed and compassionate OT driving assessment.
How To Refer To The Safe Driver Hub
If you are an older driver, the Safe Driver Hub will help identify your strengths and weaknesses in order to provide recommendations on how best to improve your safety behind the wheel.
Here’s How You Can Get Started At The Safe Driver Hub
Your General Practitioner is welcome to refer to the Safe Driver Hub. We are unable to accept a self referral for this service without a medical referral and health summary.
If you’ve been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, then our Memory and Thinking Hub can be used as part of a wider plan to support your independence and goals.