The Driving and Dementia Toolkit is an initiative developed by the members of the Dementia Network of Ottawa Carleton and the Regional Geriatric Assessment Program.
The medical community has identified this area as a major gap in meeting the needs of clients with dementia. A mini task force was set up to address this issue. Widespread consultation was sought from the community servicing the elderly and from family physicians with an interest in the care of the elderly.
Please note that some materials in this guide pertain only to the care of patients in the Province of Ontario or the region of Ottawa-Carleton.
Driving and Dementia Pamphlets
A transportation working group of the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Dementia Network has developed a companion set of pamphlets for Physicians and Patients and their families that review issues related to Driving and Dementia. The working group was chaired by CanDRIVE member, Dr. Lindy Kilik, Neuropsychologist at Providence Continuing Care Centre - Mental Health Services, and involved local clinicians, Driving Assessment Centre Staff and Ministry of Transportation Representatives in Kingston and Toronto.
The pamphlets are being mailed throughout the province to Family Physicians, Health Units, Alzheimer Society offices and their patients/clients. The pamphlets are also available online at the Providence Continuing Care Centre (PCCC) site at ( www.pccchealth.org) and using "Driving and Dementia" as a search phrase.
The pamphlets are aimed at easing the discussions physicians have with their patients regarding the issue of driving and dementia and also to provide current information on the Ministry of Transportation process. They supplement other available resources such as the Driving and Dementia Toolkit.