Online Course: Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults: Occupational Therapy Roles, Revision
Presented by Susan L. Pierce, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS, and Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
Contributor: Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Earn .6 AOTA CEUs (7.5 NBCOT PDUs/6 contact hours)
Welcome to the 2010 Driving and Community for Older Adults, Revision online course! You have the opportunity to learn new and expanded information on this critical area of practice and, with 24/7 access from your computer, you can study at your own pace for as long as your schedule allows. The course will remain available for one year from the time you first access the content.
Consistent with its first bestselling 2005 edition, the curriculum is targeted to occupational therapy professionals in all settings who work with older adults. Revised with expanded content and updated links on research, tools, and resources, you have the opportunity to advance your knowledge even further about the instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) of driving and community mobility. It will alert you to information that will keep you current in your practice and help stimulate ideas for expanding your services related to driving and community mobility for older adults.
The senior population is growing as it never has before. Occupational therapy programs are being asked to “step up” and address the emotionally charged topic of driving and expand driving rehabilitation services. Living Life To Its Fullest™ for many involves access to transportation for as long as safely possible.
When you take the course, you will add to your ability to
Understand driving as an IADL impacted by impairments identified in evaluation of vision, physical ability, and cognition.
Develop resources to address service gaps and identify a service continuum that is justifiable in time and cost for clients.
Be thorough and client centered in intervention and evaluation
Educate clients and families about transitioning to community mobility.
Look ahead and consider the implication for skill and safety, such as scooter management and pedestrian safety.