The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes that seniors are at risk due to age-related and medical conditions that can result in impairments that may affect safe mobility. While NHTSA acknowledges the contribution occupational therapy practitioners make to older adults' issues, they also understand there are not sufficient practitioners or programs to respond to and meet the emerging driving-related needs of all seniors. In recognition of the professional and programmatic capacity issues, NHTSA has funded this project to identify the barriers to developing and sustaining driving/community mobility programs and subsequently create a resource toolkit to facilitate program development.
The model program provides information, resources, and guidelines that may be useful in developing a driving rehabilitation or community mobility program. The resources include information about service delivery models, AOTA official documents and informative articles, personnel guidelines, and equipment needs. Read more about the development of the toolkit here (pdf).
Setting Up a Program
Below is information pertaining to proper planning and development of policies and procedures, as well as the risks and liability associated with a driving program. Additionally, resources on the integration of ethical principles with the planning, operation, and daily practice of a driving program can be found.
Funding for Program and Services
Funding is a critical issue in the development and support of older driver and mobility programs. Occupational therapy practitioners can find resources for identifying and procuring funding below.
AOTA Reimbursement Resources
Promoting Participation in Driver Programs
The image of driving rehabilitation needs to emphasize the essential role of well-driver checkups in maintaining mobility and promoting active participation in everyday life. The resources below focus on prevention, wellness, independence, quality of life, and active participation through the use of driver and community mobility services.
Below find resources to help identify and create referral pathways for collaboration among programs and agencies to meet community needs.