Driving is about more than just the car.
Driving represents independence and freedom and can be seen as vital for a social and active lifestyle. Older adults, and people with health conditions including traumatic brain injury and dementia may need to, or choose to, stop driving. This can have a negative impact on their quality of life and health. The losses associated with driving cessation include difficulties with mood and adjustment, a decrease in participation in activities such as essential medical appointments, leisure interests and social engagements. This may put people at risk of isolation, depression and poor health outcomes.
CarFreeMe is an effective, evidence-based and client-centered approach to support and guide people to manage driving cessation. Developed by a multi-disciplinary team from The University of Queensland, CarFreeMe is a 6-week program delivered by a trained CarFreeMe provider who is a health professional who has completed the training. Using a flexible approach, CarFreeMe participants develop skills that enable them to plan their lifestyle with more wisdom, adjust to changes, and find alternative transport and service options in their local area, all within a personalised, supportive and professional context. Research demonstrates that CarFreeMe participants get out more, plan their time wisely and most importantly stay active.
CarFreeMe is helping the participants in many ways:
- owning their decision to stop driving
- feeling more in control of planning
- having a concrete plan
- increasing confidence and comfort
- still going wherever they want to go
Visit the CarFreeMe website.