Helping people drive safer, longer
I’m Heather Shields, an experienced occupational therapist, driving instructor and certified driving rehab specialist.
I also evaluate students with special needs to ensure they have the skills required to take driver’s ed.
I work with clients, their family and the healthcare team(physicians, therapists, case managers, social workers) to determine when someone is ready to return to driving. When the client is ready, I help them to regain their independence.
I believe we should talk about driving.
What is driving rehabilitation?
Driving Rehabilitation combines my skills as an OT and driving instructor.
During the driving evaluation, I am looking at how someone’s medical condition is affecting them, sometimes permanently, sometimes temporary.
AND how could that affect someone’s ability to drive.
There is a whole gamut of adaptive equipment available when someone’s medical condition has caused a decline in physical abilities.
The driving evaluation is a process where I investigate and problem solve together with the client, family and healthcare team to find a solution that allows the client a way to drive safely as long as possible.
77 Jordan Ave Brunswick, Maine