HealthSouth Altamonte Springs Hosts CarFit Event
To help drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families on April 2 from 1- 4 p.m. at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs. CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.
HealthSouth Altamonte Springs, in partnership with Midwestern University’s occupational therapy program will conduct CarFit check-ups at the hospital located at 831 South State Road 434 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Alicia Wright, occupational therapist assistant at HealthSouth Altamonte Springs. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their cars.”
At the CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked:
- Correct position of driver’s seat
- Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
- Proper adjustment of mirrors
Occupational therapists will be on hand to provide a consultation, if needed that will teach drivers how to maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health. The therapist can also provide information to participants addressing individual needs, including information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.
“It is critical that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” said Jill Jordan, CEO of HealthSouth Altamonte Springs. “Driving today is more difficult than ever because of increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Older drivers can take important measures to mitigate the stress associated with driving.”
Drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course for older road users or contact HealthSouth Altamonte Springs at 407-587-8600 to learn more about occupational therapy driving evaluation programs for individualized assessments.
To schedule a CarFit check-up or for more information, contact Alicia Wright at 407-587-8600 or Alicia.Wright@healthsouth.com.
Source: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs