OT DRIVING & COMMUNITY MOBILITY INTERVENTIONS
This list includes a variety of interventions to improve and expand on current D&CM interventions.
The first portion includes resources to help the OT to fully understand a client’s habits and routines. Use these resources to gain a better understanding of your client’s community mobility needs, so you are better able to meet their needs either by preparing for return to driving, managing a hold on driving, or preparing for driving retirement.
The second part of this list includes pre-driving preparatory tasks. Use this list to ensure client is able to perform basic preparatory tasks related directly to driving.
Remember, while this list is not exhaustive, hopefully it is comprehensive enough to provide guidance and spark appropriate functional activities for your client!
Resources for Understanding D&CM Habits & Starting the Driving Conversation
- Driving & Community Mobility Habits Questionnaire
This resource, designed to be completed by the client, can be used to start the conversation of where do you go, when do you go, and how do you get there? The responses on this questionnaire will provide a baseline for understanding the client’s needs, and will help to develop rapport and assist with identifying appropriate interventions down the road.
- Getting There Worksheet (NTSHA)
Use this worksheet as a follow up to the Driving & Community Mobility Habits Questionnaire for the client who may need to identify alternative modes of transportation, whether temporarily or permanently. Having the client complete this worksheet can provide additional insight into the client’s cognitive abilities, specifically planning, organization, and following directions.
- Hartford: Driving Activities – Where, When, & Why –
This resource was designed to be used with clients with dementia and completed by a member of the client’s support network (family member, caregiver, etc.), but can be used with any client. This worksheet can be used as an alternate or supplement to the Driving & Community Mobility Habits Questionnaire to gather additional information related to D&CM needs, particularly during a transition of care, for example transitioning from an inpatient to outpatient setting.
- Am I a Safe Driver?
This resource is a self-assessment that may lead to self-discovery and insight into individual driving behaviors, and open the door to difficult conversations about driving. Encourage the client to be honest in their responses, and help them to identify any patterns in responses and how those responses relate to their performance skills. This self-Assessments is NOT recommended for the client whose medical condition is impacting judgement.
- BCAT: Safe Driver Self-Assessment
Similar to the Am I a Safe Driver?, this resource is a self-assessment that may help a client, or his her family members, gain insight into driving behaviors. Help the client identify any patterns in their responses and make the connections between those patterns and performance skills.
Pre-driving Preparatory Tasks:
Consider these pre-driving preparatory tasks for your client and provide interventions to remediate, recover, and improve performance. These tasks are important for the client as a driver and as a passenger.