Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation
The SeniorSMART® Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation program, an initiative between Clemson University and Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center has recently expanded to include Palmetto Health, now offers services to the upstate and the midlands. The initial Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation lab began at Clemson University under the guidance of one of their faculty members, internationally renowned driving researcher, Dr. Johnell Brooks.
SmartWheels® will use technology and interventions to help seniors maintain or increase their level of physical function and mobility. SmartWheels® has two components: Driving to include both driver assessment and rehabilitation, and physical function with a focus on balance and gait.
SmartWheels® researchers are working to maintain the ability to drive safely and rehabilitate those who have temporarily lost that ability due to health issues. This SeniorSMART® team is already a national leader in developing state-of-the-art drive-simulation centers to evaluate and rehabilitate older drivers. Experts from the center will also work with automobile manufacturers to create safer vehicles for older adults.