The Chicago metro area is one of the busiest cities in the country, and thousands of people commute in and out of the city each day. Over the last 5 years, there has been an increase in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. Due to the rising issue of motor vehicle accidents, there has been an increasing need for in-home care.
Texting, eating, drinking, phone calls and reading are just a few of the distractions people experience in the car each day. Changing the radio and using hands free devices are still considered distractions, so most times people do not realize that they are distracted while driving. We always hear about the terrible motor vehicle accidents caused by distracting driving in the news, and the laws put in place to decrease the number of distracted driving accidents do not seem to be helping.
There are 3 types of distractions people experience in the car; Cognitive Distractions, Visual Distractions, and Manual Distractions.
Cognitive Distractions happen when a driver starts to think about things other than the road in front of them. Whether you are thinking about plans for the weekend, stresses of work, or what you might have for dinner, you are distracted if you are not 100% focused on driving.
Visual Distractions occur when a driver takes their eyes off of the road. It is great having friends and family members in your car, but sometimes they can interfere with your ability to focus. When you are in a conversation while driving, your natural instinct is to turn your head every once in a while during the discussion. Even though it might only be for one second, taking your eyes off the road to look at something else is a distraction.
A Manual Distraction occurs when a driver takes their hands away from the wheel to complete a task. Some people always have drinks in their car to stay hydrated on long drives, and others leave their house with coffee in hand to bring with to work. Then there are times where it seems that there are just not enough hours in the day, and people end up eating or scheduling appointments is in the car in between errands. Although it may not seem like these would be a huge distraction, the second a hand comes off the wheel there is less of a focus on the drive.
Those who survive bad crashes often require some assistance during the rehabilitation process. Homewatch CareGivers Northshore works closely with Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physical Therapists (PT) to ensure our clients are getting the rehabilitation needed after a severe motor vehicle accident to help them recover quickly. We provide transportation services to and from OT and PT appointments, and help clients get around until they become more stable. Our skilled in-home caregivers can receive training from your OT or PT, so they can assist with exercises on days when appointments are not scheduled. Whatever a client needs assistance with during recovery, we can help!