Occupational Therapists Help With CarFit Events

(Acworth, Ga. – April 19, 2016)

Chattahoochee Technical College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program partnered with Wellstar’s Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention Program to conduct CarFit check-ups on Tuesday, April 19, at the WellStar Acworth Health Park, located at 4550 Cobb Parkway NW in Acworth, and at the WellStar East Cobb Health Park, located at 3747 Roswell Road NE in Marietta.

Lauren Lameier, of Cherokee County (in the CTC shirt) and Ginny Bush, RN in WellStar’s Emergency Department, performing a car safety check

CTC student Lauren Lameier, of Cherokee County, and Ginny Bush, RN in WellStar’s Emergency Department, perform a car safety check.

CarFit is a 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.
The free event is designed to help all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety. At the CarFit event, trained volunteers completed a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked were correct position of the driver’s seat, driver’s ability to easily reach pedals and proper mirror adjustment. Occupational therapists from CTC were also on hand to educate drivers on how to maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health.

The therapists also provided information to participants addressing individual needs, including information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.

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