Professional Project: Jessica Mevius, OT Graduate Student
For the aging population, one of the most important occupations is maintaining independence through mobility for as long as possible.
Power-Mobility Community Driving Assessment (PCDA)
This interview and performance-based assessment evaluates a person’s ability to safely operate a power-mobility device (scooter or powered wheelchair) in his/her community. This assessment is not to be used for evaluation of safe driving of an automobile. However, I decided to include this assessment due to the current need for safe driving not only in automobiles but also while individuals maneuver through their community pursuing their IADLs.
This assessment was developed by Occupational Therapists for Occupational Therapists to evaluate their clients’ driving performance in their communities and to enable the assessor and driver to determine which areas of driving are problematic so that these can be addressed through a training program, environmental modification, and/or device modification.7
Where to Obtain
I’ve included copies of the Instructions and the Scorecard.
For more information:
Who is originally responsible for this Tool?
Lori Letts, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)
School of Rehabilitation Science
Deirdre R. Dawson, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Scientist, Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy and Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
Lisa Masters, MSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)
Julie Robbins, MSc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)