Saskatoon – September 9
There aren’t too many perfect weather days when it comes to a CarFit clinic, but on Saturday, September 9 we had a warm day, mixed with sun and cloud, and a gentle breeze, for our CarFit clinic in Saskatoon. Thank you to Affinity Credit Union for donating the use of their parking lot for the event. After the morning training session, where three occupational therapists were trained as CarFit technicians, 17 mature drivers attended the clinic from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There were two CAA staff from Regina and eight occupational therapists from Saskatoon who spent the afternoon educating mature drivers. There was positive feedback from the event. One of the mature drivers wrote that it was “a very good experience.” She learned how to adjust/set her side mirrors, as well as the position of her steering wheel and seat. She also thought it would be great to offer the clinic “twice per year.” Thank you to Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) who partnered with us and promoted the event via their eNews and on social media. Thank you to our special guests who attended the CarFit clinic: Virginia Dakiniewich, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator from SCOA; Barb Ames from the Probus Club of Saskatoon; and, Andrew Hiltz, the 2017 Saskatchewanderer.
Left to right: Occupational therapists, Christine Fleming and Ruth Amaefule, performed a checkup for Andrew Hiltz, 2017 Saskatchewanderer.
Regina – September 30
Last but not least! The final CarFit clinic for 2017 was held on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CAA Regina North Store parking lot. It was a very busy day as CarFit technicians (five CAA staff and one occupational therapist) performed 22 mature driver checkups. Thank you to the CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot for providing free oil change coupons to each participant which was an unexpected bonus and very much appreciated. There was great media coverage of the clinic. Thank you to Gloria Evans and Jamie Lewis from CKRM, and Christa Dao and Sarah Komadina from Global TV for helping to promote the event. On the day of the clinic, Sarah interviewed two mature drivers, occupational therapist Nancy Piluk, and Lona Gervais from CAA. This is what one of the mature drivers had to say about his experience, “We went over everything – the seatbelts, wipers, headlights, mirrors, steering wheel and the airbag – all sorts of things you don’t normally think about. It was a great review!”
Left to right: Mature driver with CAA staff, Tracy Misko and Margareta Wiebe reviewing the 12-point checklist.
Thank you to the occupational therapists and CAA staff who have put their heart and soul, and time and effort, into the CarFit program here in Saskatchewan. Since the program’s inception in April 2016, we have optimized the view, comfort and fit for 130 mature drivers. CAA Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists look forward to presenting future CarFit Clinics in 2018. For more information visit caask.ca/carfit.