Join us for a CarFit Technician Training on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the OT Department, 4th floor, St. Joseph’s Hospital, 130 Bayard Dr, Saint John, NB.
The CarFit program is designed to help older drivers, those aged 55 and older, find out how well they currently “fit” their personal vehicle, to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility.
A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information in 2013, seniors aged 65 and older comprised approximately 15% of the total population in 2011 yet accounted for 45% of all health care spending in that year.
The cornerstone of the program is a 12 point checklist that reviews safety features of the vehicle-person fit. The program enables trained CarFit Technicians, under the supervision of CarFit Event Coordinators, and working with Occupational Therapists or qualified driver rehab specialists, to observe the older adult in their vehicle and use the opportunity to have a conversation about safety features and provide some collateral materials for follow up action.
CarFit events can be delivered in group settings or 1:1 and CarFit is designed to operate successfully in a variety of community based settings and in conjunction with existing community-based programs.
The session is delivered in approximately 20 minutes per vehicle and multiple vehicles/drivers can be viewed and educated at the same time. The drivers are also provided with “take away” information that they can reference in the future.
Contact Carol Morrison for more details.