As we age our ability to safely drive declines. As such, many factors need to be considered when our senior loved ones are hitting the road. If it’s time to hang up the car keys it’s important to approach the topic sensitively. He/she may feel a loss of freedom, so make sure to assess their condition and explain your concerns.
The factors to consider when it is time to hang up the car keys include:
If your loved one shows any of the following symptoms:
- Impaired vision.
- Hearing loss.
- Side-effects from medication, such as drowsiness.
- Delayed reaction time.
- Loss of memory.
- Inability to focus.
- Decline in emotional and/or mental health.
- Joint pain or discomfort that could slow braking.
Alternatives to a senior driving him/herself include:
Hiring a caregiver. Comprehensive Home Care gladly runs errands and transports our clients to and from appointments and events.
Taxi/ride-sharing service. Taxis and ride-sharing options are becoming more and more accessible for those who need an extra hand. Research the best option in your senior loved one’s area.
Public transportation. There are many options for public transportation designed for the elderly. Type the zip code in ElderCareLocator to find the local transportation programs.
Friends, family members, and neighbors. Have a discussion with friends and family members to see if they can provide transportation, even just for appointments.
Walking or bicycling. If your senior loved one’s health permits, walking or bicycling may be a great option for getting around as it provides exercise, saves money, and provides a sense of freedom.
Comprehensive Home Care is here to help! We provide transportation for our clients, so you can rest assured that he/she is safe and well taken care of. We can also provide advice on the best way to approach the topic with your loved one. Call us today at 704-333-5214 or contact us online to learn more.