SHP’s Department of Occupational Therapy Hosts CarFit Event for Community

Posted in Occupational Therapy

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. This program helps adults 65 years and older find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety.  On October 17, 43 OT students and four OT faculty assisted 13 community members by “fitting” their car to them. The student volunteers used a 12-point checklist to check the fit while the driver remained in their vehicle. The checklist included steering wheel height and distance, seat position and height, seat belt position, the driver's ability to reach and maneuver the pedals, and mirror adjustment for proper positioning. In addition, two licensed occupational therapists were in attendance in case the driver experienced any difficulty or had further questions about how their car can best fit them.  “While going...

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