CarFit event in Fredericton, NB

In celebration of Occupational Therapy month, a CarFit Event was held in Fredericton, New Brunswick on October 23, 2016. Despite the rain and cold, 5 drivers participated in the 2 hour event.  Five new CarFit Technicians completed their training, including the CAA (Atlantic) Public Affairs Coordinator.

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CarFit event in Pictou, NS

carfit-nsOn Sept 16 2016, a CarFit event was hosted by the Seniors’ Clinic at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The event was very well received by the community with 18 Seniors  fitted.  The Wellness Centre provided an excellent location that was easily accessible and with ample space. We were well supported with three technicians from Truro assisting, as well as a Driving Rehab Specialist from Halifax, who assisted with the “check out” portion of the event. This event also saw five new local technicians being trained, two of whom are located in the Antigonish area; it is our hope we can support them to move the CarFit Program further across the province.

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Successful CarFit training and event in Ottawa

The CAOT National Office proudly held a CarFit Coordinator Training and Event on September 24, 2016. A team of seven newly-trained, extremely efficient CarFit Coordinators saw 11 drivers within a two hour time frame!

Drivers all said they found the advice very helpful and were eager to relay what they learned to their loved ones.

The number of drivers that can be seen at an event depends on the number of technicians available on site. This event attracted many drivers who are currently on a wait list for a future CarFit events in Ottawa. If you are interested in being a CarFit Technician and Coordinator for a future event in Ottawa please contact Julie Lapointe at 1-800-434-2268 ext. 260 or at carfit@caot.ca.

Upcoming CarFit event in Regina

CAA and SSOT are pleased to be hosting our first public CarFit event in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 25th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Technician Training: Saturday, September 24th at Wascana Rehabilitation Center, 2180, 23rd Avenue, Regina, SK, S4S 0A5 in the Hostel Conference Room from 10am – 2:30 pm.

CarFit Event: Sunday, September 25th at Conexus Arts Center, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina, SK, S4S 7L3 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Formation de technicien et de coordonnateur AutoAjuste à Brossard

30 septembre 2016 de de 11:00 à 17:00 à l’École de conduite Brossard, 395-A, boulevard Lapinière, Brossard (Québec)

1er octobre 2016 de 8 :45 à 13 :00 au stationnement du Quartier Dix30, 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard, Québec

Coût: Gratuit

Description : AutoAjuste est un programme éducatif communautaire qui donne aux conducteurs âgés la possibilité d’évaluer la façon dont ils « ajustent » leur véhicule. AutoAjuste fournit des informations sur la sécurité sans poser de jugement et sensibilise aux ressources communautaires disponibles, telles que des dispositifs d’adaptation, qui peuvent aider les conducteurs à être plus à l’aise et confiant au volant. L’objectif principal d’AutoAjuste est de sensibiliser les conducteurs et de partager des informations sur la sécurité.

Pour vous inscrire : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLVGNNM

Pour toutes questions, contacter:

Julie Lapointe, Director of Professional Practice / Directrice de la pratique professionnelle
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists / Association canadienne des ergothérapeutes
Tel: 613-523-2268 ext.260 / 1 800 434-2268; Email: practice@caot.ca

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CarFit Technician and Coordinator Training in Ottawa on September 15 &16, 2016

Description: This workshop is designed to train participants to take on the important roles of CarFit Technician and Event Coordinator. CarFit is a free community-based education program that offers older drivers the opportunity to discover how well their cars “fit” them so they can become both safer and more comfortable behind the wheel. The CarFit technician reviews the 12-point CarFit checklist with participants and promotes CarFit priorities and goals. As the official host of a CarFit Event in its community, the CarFit Event Coordinator has the opportunity to make older drivers – and the community – safer. More information here.

Cost: Free

To register for this event, please visit  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P8K2MF9

For any questions, contact Julie Lapointe, Director of Professional Practice / Directrice de la pratique professionnelle
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists / Association canadienne des ergothérapeutes
Tel: 613-523-2268 ext.260 / 1 800 434-2268
Email: practice@caot.ca

First Research on CarFit in Canada!

On Saturday, May 14th, 2016 a CarFit event was run at McMaster University, under the supervision of event coordinator Dr. Brenda Vrkljan, OT reg. (Ont.). There was a total of 12  trained technicians, and 12 participants registered for the event, however, due to inclement weather conditions (heavy rain and wind),  completing the event in a safe and timely manner was not possible and all participants were not able to attend. As a result, there were 9 technicians, and 11 participants.

The event was part of a student research project, which focused on further assessing participants “fit” in their car, and measuring the change in participant position in their car prior to and after administration of the CarFit checklist.

The event was successful, and presented few challenges other than the weather. Technicians and the event coordinator were pleased with the success of the event, and their ability to run a CarFit event for the first time. Dr. Vrkljan is interested in running a CarFit event again in the future, and possibly including it as part of a student research project again next year.

The participants involved in the CarFit event responded positively to the event and the information that was shared with them. All but one participant enrolled in the event made changes suggested by the technicians and coordinators, and only one participant did not require recommendations as they were within the parameters set out by the CarFit checklist.