CarFit | Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce Owosso, MI

CarFit
. Please Note --> This is a Past Event!! .

Date: 5/9/2017
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM

10202 Washington St.
Owosso, MI 48867


Phone:
517.364.3743


Event Description: Baker College’s Owosso campus is sponsoring a CarFit driver education event Tuesday, May 9, to help older drivers improve how well their vehicles “fit” them, which can increase their safety and mobility. The CarFit program is coordinated by faculty and students in the college’s associate degree occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program. The free event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Baker College’s Owosso campus, 1020 S. Washington St. Appointments are recommended: call 517.364.3743 or visit www.car-fit.org. The event is also a hands-on learning opportunity for the OTA students who are certified as CarFit technicians, according to Evelyn Greaux, MHSA, OTRL, Baker College of Owosso OTA program director. “CarFit is a win-win for our occupational therapy assistant students and for the elderly drivers who take advantage of it,” Greaux said. ““The nationally recognized program helps students learn to assess the needs of senior drivers and teaches them skills they can use in future jobs. The drivers learn ways to improve fit, comfort and safety behind the wheel so they are confident driving and won’t limit their mobility in the community.” Drivers progress through three vehicle stops during the 20-minute CarFit checkup at which the student CarFit technicians provide information about and perform CarFit’s 12-point checklist. For those who need additional assistance, an occupational therapist will provide information about local resources and mobility equipment, such as a swivel seat cushion, pedal extenders and mobility bars that aid in vehicle entry/exit. Despite often being the safest drivers, more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies. CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). It is designed to provide a quick, comprehensive check of how well older drivers “fit” their vehicles. Among the items reviewed during the CarFit checkup are: • Driver’s seat position to ensure the pedals and other controls are easily reached. • Line of sight above the steering wheel. • Space needed between the front air bag/steering wheel and the driver’s breastbone. • Mirror adjustment to remove blind spots. • Proper seatbelt use and fit. • Adaptive devises available to remedy problems and help compensate for physical limitations. An OTA is a skilled health care practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist in the planning and treatment of individuals affected by physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the average annual salary for an OTA was $58,340, with the lowest 10 percent earning an average of $38,440 and the highest 10 percent earning an average of $78,080. Employment in this field is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The Baker College OTA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Graduates are eligible to take the OTA national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Older drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office for a driver safety refresher course or find an occupational therapy driving evaluation program for individualized assessments and recommendations. CarFit is an extension of those classroom programs. For information about Baker College’s OTA associate program, contact Mike Konopacke in the admissions office at mike.konopacke@baker.edu, 989.729.3350 or 1.800.879.3797, or visit www.baker.edu. The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege. # # #
Directions:
Baker College’s Owosso campus, 1020 S. Washington St., Owosso, MI


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