What is a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist?

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Are you worried that mom and dad are getting less safe behind the wheel as they age? Or has a disease or disability limited your loved one’s ability to drive? Here’s where a certified driver rehabilitation specialist can help. According to the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, driver rehab specialists “work with people of all ages and abilities, exploring alternative transportation solutions for drivers with special needs,” which includes “helping older drivers and their families master the challenges of diminishing driving skills.” These programs are a great way for individuals who are worried about their elderly parents on the road to have an independent third party help with the decision to take away the car keys (or perhaps put their minds at ease). Using a specialist can remove some of the guilt and blame from this difficult conversation, as they are qualified to assess a person’s capabilities while behind the wheel. The Rehabilitation Hospital at Roper St. Francis offers a Driving Assessment Program. In addition, The Georgetown Hospital System’s NextStep Hand Therapy and Specialty Center offers driving rehabilitation services and functional capacity assessments.

Once the decision to stop driving is made, an in-home senior care company like Home Care Plus can help provide transportation for your loved one to their appointments, social engagements, shopping and other errands. Give us a call today—we are here to help!

For more information on Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, visit the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists’ website.

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