Professional Project: Jessica Mevius, OT Graduate Student
For the aging population, one of the most important occupations is maintaining independence through mobility for as long as possible.
Driving is, for most of us, a necessity in today’s society. It facilitates our social gatherings and provides access to many of our daily living needs5. When this ability becomes compromised due to a decline in health, the individual, their family, and health professionals such as occupational therapists are faced with difficult decision for the welfare of the individual.
While these decisions and interventions can be guided by many tools, the first step in this process is accurate assessment.
As an Occupational therapist making assessment decisions is most important in building my client’s treatment plan.
Are there better assessments than what I’m using?
I’m worried about my driving abilities. I don’t want to lose my independence and mobility.
Is my driving safe?