The driving simulator consists of a series of computers, television screens and a driving compartment with a seatbelt. It presents a variety of scenarios and environmental conditions to patients in a graduated manner and tracks the patient’s response.
In addition to visual scenes, the simulator also incorporates feedback on road conditions and acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle through a system of sensors linked to the gas and brake pedals, as well as simulator-generated scenes.
The driving simulator allows therapists to assess both motor and cognitive functioning of the patient. The unit enables those who require retraining to learn to drive under the supervision of an occupational therapist in a safe environment.
The mini-CAREN is used for the rehabilitation of Glenrose patients presenting with both physical and psychological injuries.
The system can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including stroke, amputation, traumatic brain injury, multiple orthopedic trauma, spinal cord injury, postural instability, sports injury, burns and psychiatric disorders such as phobias and PTSD.
The Mini-CAREN software allows users to create and modify the applications to meet individual goals of therapy as determined by the clinical staff. Applications can be scaled to provide the appropriate challenge for all levels of the rehabilitation spectrum.
The Mini-CAREN lacks the motion platform and treadmill of its big brother in the CIM Centre, but allows more patients to experience the system.