Comprehensive Driving Evaluation
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
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The driving evaluation offered at the Memory and Wellness Center is a comprehensive assessment of several cognitive areas/domains that are involved in an individual’s ability to drive safely. Areas that are examined are attention/concentration, visual-spatial ability, processing speed, and higher order thinking abilities (i.e. problem solving,). In addition to the assessment of these areas, a clinical interview is conducted in order to assess psychological and cognitive status and make appropriate recommendations to the individual and his/her physician. The second goal is for this evaluation to serve as a way to access treatment and/or services that the individual may need and assist physicians in making treatment decisions.
As mentioned above, the cognitive areas measured in this evaluation are specific areas that are of utmost important for driving. Even though neuropsychological / cognitive evaluations may have been done, a review of the measures is necessary as it may not include the specific areas addressed in the driving evaluation. Another important factor is that measures used for the driving evaluation at this center are current and valid measures that follow the ethical guidelines for psychology.
In addition, the individual participates in a road test with a driving instructor. This part of the evaluation is essential to assess the individual’s ability to handle the car safely, follow traffic rules and regulations, and ability to follow directions, process information, and make adequate decisions on the road.
The overall arching goal of a comprehensive driving evaluation is to assist in keeping the patient and individuals in the community safe and to identify any possible cognitive/psychological changes that may affect a patient’s quality of life and make recommendations with the aim to avoid further deterioration by informing treatment. Follow-up counseling is offered when needed as well as information regarding transportation options and help to developing an alternative transportation plan.
Driving Pamphlets- for self-assessment and decision-making:
Copies of the pamphlets are available (single copies or in bulk) at no charge except for postage. To order, please contact Memory & Wellness Center at MemoryLane@health.fau.edu or 561-297-0502.
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