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Driving

Rehabilitation

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Safe driving involves a complicated set of visual motor actions based on complex input and requiring precise action
Will the person use a van or a car? This decision is usually based on whether s/he can transfer into the drivers seat and stow his/her wheelchair
Driving while seated in car? I they can transfer to the car easily they usually go for a car, it is easier to drive and park
Equipment that can help get the wheelchair into the car Manual, electical hoist, chair topper, trunk rack
A trunk rack requires the person to walk into the car
Practice car - an easy cheap solution that has some of the bumps you need to overcome in a car
Driving while seated in a wheelchair need a ramp/lift to get into the car - may be on the rear or at the side
Switch options Driver control, pendant, magnetic switch
head height some people don't have flexibility to duck their head getting into the car
Restraint systems You need to lock down the person and the chair. you can lock down the chair with: lock-down- where the person pulls into it OR tie down- 4 ties locked at the bottom.
What can you adapt for with driving adaptions to compensate for motor impairment? acceleration, braking, steering, phone, radio, a/c, mirrors, windows, horn, window washer
Adaptions for Acceleration Left foot accelerator, hand control, joystick , low effort
Driving adaptions for braking hand control, joystick (digidrive), low effort.
Why use a leg block- with hand controls, protect from leg spasams
Driving adaptions for steering spinner know, tri-pin, remote steering wheel
Headrest switches, can be installed on headrest
Getting gas Most states require stations to provide service at self-service cost to people who need it .
What do we evaluate? visual acuity, fields, reaction time. motor abilities, cognition.
What is driver simulation for? evaluation and screening- you see the ball and how long it takes you to brake
Created by: crystalfmulligan
 

 



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