A service to support people affected by dementia as they retire from driving
Onwards is a 16-month project led by ESP Group and funded by Life Changes Trust. The project will see ESP co-design, build and deliver a new, financially sustainable service for Scottish people with dementia to support the transition of retiring from driving. Longer term ESP would hope to roll the service out across the UK.
ESP Group has come to recognise the complexity and emotional challenges of the process of retiring from driving, a transition which is particularly heightened for people affected by dementia. Generally speaking, individuals want to be able to continue to drive for as long as possible and, indeed, people in the early stages of dementia are often allowed to continue to drive with annual re-assessments of their abilities. It is reported that, “the general consensus appears to be that it is usually safe to continue to drive for about 3 years after the onset of Alzheimer’s disease”, while other forms of dementia may allow for longer or shorter continuation of driving. However, most people with dementia will ultimately have their licences revoked or will voluntarily choose to surrender their licences.