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.
What can be used to make these decisions?
Assessments are grouped by audience below. The assessments designed to be given by a licensed Occupational Therapy or Driver Rehabilitation Specialist are divided from those designed to be self-administered.
Occupational Therapist Assessments
In order for an Occupational Therapist to achieve holistic, client-driven treatment to maximize quality of life, the selection of assessment tools is a valuable first step. This decision is made best when it is well-informed.
Quick cognitive assessment that screens for deficits in orientation, retention, attention, recall, and language.
The Trail Making Test is used often in evaluating driving ability by testing general cognitive functions such as information processing speed & integration of visual and motor functions.
Assessment tool used to identify muscle weakness that may be interfering or limiting occupational functioning.
Screening tool used to identify deficits in active range of motion.
A quick & reliable measure of visual-perceptual deficits in spatial relationship, visual closure, visual discrimination, visual memory, and figure ground.
Quick screening used to test visual acuity. Results expressed as 20/20 or similar number.
Quick 15 minute screening to detect neurological impairment. The screening test measures the individual’s ability to organize visual stimuli and it addresses both general and specific cognitive functions.
Battery of six subtests that examine the visual-perceptual status and visual-motor integration skills in the areas of coping, figure-ground, visual-motor search, visual closure, visual-motor speed, & form constancy.
Battery of tests that consists of performance-based tasks in the areas of vision, motor skills, and cognition.
Screening device for the assessment of the effects of medical conditions on driving ability and also supportive device for assessment of cognitive impairment in older drivers.
Off-road simulator assessment system of driving abilities in the areas of steering control, speed of reaction, field of vision, adjusting, self control, and consistency.
Computer-based assessment and standardized road course. Takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and will measure motor speed & control, span of attention field, spatial judgment & decision making, speed of attention shifting, and identification of driving situations.
Designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle and to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit.
Interview and performance-based assessment evaluates a persons ability to use a power-mobility device (scooter or powered wheelchair) in their community.
Computer-based virtual reality performance task assessment that incorporates virtual reality technology, computer-based steering wheel console, and foot pedal controls.
Battery of computer-based and performance-based tasks including measures of visual acuity, leg strength and stamina, head/neck flexibility, short–term and working memory, visualization of missing information, visual search with divided attention, and visual information processing speed.
These assessments are jargon-free and straight forward. Use them as preliminary diagnostic tools, but please, consult a licensed Occupational Therapist or Driver Rehabilitation Specialist with any questions.
Self assessment that aims to help one gain knowledge and raise self-awareness when it comes to their driving abilities.
Online workbook outlines the physical effects of aging, as well as tips on coping with them so that you remain a safe driver for as long as possible.
Self assessment that is a quick way to evaluate your stress and physical response to driving.
Online self assessment workbook that help older drivers increase their self-awareness and knowledge.
Quick and easy online self assessment that helps identify how fresh your driving skills are and to help you become a safer driver.
Computer based program that helps you identify health and fitness issues that enable you to check visual, mental and physical responses.
Self assessment workbook that will help elder drivers increase their self-awareness and knowledge about age-related changes that affect safe driving.
Developed as a resource for concerned caregivers and offers a quick and easy checklist to help the caregiver assess driving skills and safety.