Evaluation of Driver Fitness following a CVA
Many recovering stroke patients wish to gain back some form of their independence. For them, that includes getting back behind the wheel to drive. But that inflates risks. As OTs, we can reduce risk associated with recovering stroke individuals who want to drive by thoroughly assessing their driving capability, helping those who can get back on the road with ease and confidence while also helping stroke patients who are prevented from driving to understand their limitations.
The driving assessment course provides you with training to better assess the driving capability of individuals who are in recovery after having had stroke or any patient who presents with any kind of neuropathology. The course is focused to enable you, the OT, to better understand the current driving legislation and the SASOM guidelines, enhance your ability to make accurate interpretations of the aspects of physical and cognitive testing applied to driving, and also to make comprehensive recommendations for vehicle adjustments where it is necessary.
The driving assessment course is relevant as it is developing fast and has a unique role to play in South Africa. This is because of the amount of people that drive and there ever changing state of ability due to age or incident. This course is open to active Occupational therapists.
- Introduction and request for case studies for Day 2 end-session
- Chapter 4 Road Traffic Act – Fitness to Drive
- Licensing procedures
- HPCSA – Ethical Responsibilities of therapists related to clients returning to driving.
- PRDP Licences
- SABS Standards
Activity analysis of Driving
- Michon’s model (Lizette)
- Puzzle (Caroline)
CVA related functional difficulties and driving
- Post CVA cognitive difficulties and driving (Lizette)
- Post CVA visual difficulties and driving (Lizette)
- Driving with hemiplegia post CVA (Caroline)
- South African Guidelines for Functional Driving Evaluation
- OT Functional Driving Evaluation Part 1: Cognition and vision
OT Functional Driving Evaluation Part 2: Physical assessment related to driving controls
- Vehicle adaptations post CVA
- Driver re-training post CVA – role of OT, instructor and traffic department
- OT Functional Driving Evaluation Part 3: On-Road Assessment
- Pulling it all together
- Needs analysis procedure: Where do we start?
- Case study examples and discussion
- Closing / Questions / Feedback