What is a Senior Safety Assessment?
Specifically designed to provide a professional opinion on driving skill related to the natural aging process.
A CDRS may assist senior drivers in planning safe and efficient driving routes to common destinations, by avoiding hazardous turns or the busiest traffic times. Additionally, it is likely that the rules or the road as well as the driving environment have changed in the last several years. Participating in a Driving Evaluation and Training may allow older drivers to “brush up” on their driving skills and knowledge. Accepting advice and techniques on driving safely may allow seniors to continue driving further into their senior years.
Often time’s seniors will experience physical changes that will affect the way they drive. A CDRS can assist drivers in modifications that can be done to the vehicle or to one’s seating to allow them to drive more comfortably and safely. For example, changes in posture or range of motion in the upper extremities may mandate a need for adjustments to the steering wheel, seating or mirrors. Other changes such as loss of sensation or strength in ones feet, knees or hips may call for consideration of hand controls.
Requirements for a Senior Safety AssessmentPrior to this assessment you will need the following:
If you plan to have a third party pay for this assessment, authorization must be received in our office prior to scheduling the appointment. Third party payers often include Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living Rehab Services, Veterans Administration, Workman’s Compensation and Family Trusts and others. Please contact us with any questions regarding other options.
If you are paying privately for your assessment a deposit will be required to be in our office one week prior to the date of your assessment. This deposit ensures your attendance to the appointment held for you. If you are unable to keep the appointment we appreciate knowing as soon as possible so others can be scheduled.