Occupational therapy can help people participate in the things they want and need to do through therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Occupational therapists have training and knowledge in physical and psychosocial development and disorders and therefore look at the whole person, not just the physical aspects of the person’s problem. They also look at these problems or risks in terms of how they affect someone’s function. Typically occupational therapists help children with disabilities to fully participate in school, help people recovering from injury to regain skills and provide supports to older adults experiencing changes in their lives.

We work with people who require support, advice and information about maintaining independence at home or the place where they live, eg. nursing home. This can involve advice re modifying their home, advice regarding specific equipment such as seating. Many of the people we work with are older people but also people who due to ill health or accidents find they are unable to complete the daily activities associated with living and working in today’s world. This work takes place in the person’s home.

Cork Occupational Therapy Services also advises on fitness to drive issues completing comprehensive review of both on and off road ability. This work takes place in a clinic.

Cork Occupational Therapy Services is a privately run business and charges a fee for its services. All intervention costs €100 per hour.

Home visits for the purpose of advice on home modifications costs €250 plus travel costs outside of the city. This includes the provision of 2 copies of the report to access grants and other services.

Fitness to Drive Reviews cost €250 including the report which is also sent to the relevant medical doctors involved in your care.

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Your doctor will advise you based on your medical condition if you need a fitness to drive evaluation. It may also be beneficial to undergo an evaluation if a family member or friend has expressed concern over your driving.
You or a family member may also complete the Adelaide Self-Efficacy Scale. If you are poorly confident in few areas then you may need to discuss this with your doctor who will determine if you need a referral.
You will undergo a number of tasks which look at skills required for driving: how you think and process information, your strength and range of movement, an eye-sight screening test, and if appropriate, an on road review with a driving instructor.
You need to bring a current valid provisional or full driving licence. If you do not have a licence the off-road testing will be completed. The on-road assessment will be completed after discussion with your doctor. You will need to bring glasses if you wear them, both for long and short distance. Any medication that you require during the day would also be needed.
The review will take place in the Occupational Therapy Clinic in Brookfield Health Sciences Building in UCC. An in-car assessment will take place in the western suburbs. If you require an in-car assessment in your own locality this can be arranged at an extra charge. The review can take up to 2.5 hours. Parking and a café are available at the clinic site.
The cost of the review (Occupational therapy assessment and in-car review, where safe) and your report is €250. This must be paid for at least 2 days before the appointment. You may be able to reclaim some of the fees against your tax or against your medical insurance. Please check your insurance provider covers occupational therapy.
Advances in our understanding of medical conditions indicate that regular review of all guidelines relating to healthcare practice, including driving, is required. Slainte & Tiomaint reflects current medical knowledge. It is designed to promote mobility in a safe way. Once a driver is aware of any health aspects that impact on driving and follows the advice of their doctor, they can continue to drive in most cases.
The standards were introduced in January 2013 and came into effect immediately.

What types of conditions might affect my ability to drive?
Some of the conditions which you must disclose are diabetes, epilepsy, stroke, fits or blackouts, pacemaker, chronic neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, memory problems, alcohol misuse, loss of sight in one eye, severe learning disability, serious hearing deficit and others not listed.

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The laws require you to report to your driver licensing authority, any permanent or long-term illness that is likely to affect your ability to drive safely. You must answer any questions about your health truthfully. You must follow the guidelines regarding your medication and you must comply with the requirements of your licence as appropriate. (Ref: Slainte & Tiomaint)
Your doctor has the final say in whether you are fit to drive. He or she may avail of supporting information from an occupational therapist and/or a driving instructor experienced in this area.
Your doctor will advise you but in most cases it will not affect your licence status provided you follow your doctor’s advice. For example, you may be advised not to drive while wearing a temporary eye patch.
Since January 2013 the Road Safety Authority is the licensing authority with the responsibility of ensuring that all licence holders are fit to drive.

The legal basis of fitness to drive arises from the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006, Statutory Instrument Number 537 of 2006, as amended in 2010 and associated regulations, as well as the Directive (91/439/EEC) on driving licences. Directive (91/439/EEC) was amended by Directive 2009/112/EC with effect from 15.9.09 and these amendments came into force in Ireland in 2010.

Your doctor will complete a form and you are responsible for contacting the Driving Licensing Authority and let them know you have a condition, which may impact on your driving. Your doctor will keep a copy of this completed form.
You will be provided with a brief outline of the information that will be sent to your doctor in a report. A copy of that report will also be sent to you. Copies may also be sent to other health professionals involved in your care.

If I only ever drive a short distance near home, is a restricted licence available?
Unfortunately a restricted licence is not available in Ireland. You must satisfy all the requirements to drive if you wish to hold a licence.

The responsibility for issuing, renewing or refusing a driving licence lies with the Driving licensing Authority. An appeals procedure is available for drivers who have been refused a licence on medical grounds. The Driving licensing Authority will inform drivers of the appeals process when informing them of licensing decision. Again, the cost of any appeals must be borne by the individual.
For Fitness to Drive reviews you can book online by clicking here or ring 0214345679.

For all other appointments please ring or fax 0214345679. You will be contacted within 24 working hours to organize an appointment at an appropriate time.