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At Home Senior Care Professionals Talk About Driving And The Elderly

May 29, 2018 by Shannon Meller

You may not want to have to face the day where you need to take the keys from your loved one and stop them from being able to drive. It may sound harsh, but it is important that you assess your loved one’s ability to drive and to do so in a safe and loving manner. At home senior care specialists say that one of the best things you can do to keep your loved one safe and others safe on the road is to take the keys when it is required.

Below, our at home senior care team will discuss some of the steps that you can take to assess your loved one’s ability to drive.

  • Do you notice that your loved one has questionable driving habits? Do they run stop signs or maybe tailgate others on the road while they drive?
  • Have you noticed that your loved one’s ability to slow down or stop the vehicle is delayed? You may notice they take on yellow lights or they just simply fail to stop
  • Is your loved one aware of their environment? Are they coherent or are they tired when they drive? You may notice that your loved one becomes lost easily or they seem like they are confused
  • Your loved ones at home senior care team suggests that you ride around with your loved one several times while they drive and take notice of their situational awareness

It can be extremely difficult for your loved one to hand over the keys to you because they do not want to lose their independence. You do need to make sure that they are safe on the road because if they are not, they are a danger to themselves and others. Our Comfort Keepers at home senior care team is here to assist your loved one, assess their ability to drive, and offer transportation services. 

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