It can be especially difficult for family caregivers to tell an older adult that it isn’t safe for them to drive anymore. The thought alone of the conversation can make some people nervous. Part of the problem is that family caregivers sometimes may not feel comfortable in whether it truly is the right time for a senior to quit driving.
Being armed with facts and knowledge about the senior’s driving can help you to feel more confident before you talk to your aging relative about giving up driving. Below are some things to look for that indicate an older adult should not be driving. Making note of these things when evaluating a senior’s driving and being able to discuss them with the senior can make the conversation a little easier.
Seniors sometimes become more hesitant in their driving when they start to lose their driving skills. They might stop at a green light to make sure no one is coming. They may also be slow to turn out onto a street even when the way is clear. Hesitant driving can also cause them to drive much more slowly than other drivers on the road.
Fresh Dents and Scrapes
If you’ve noticed fresh dents and scrapes on the older adult’s car, it could be an indicator they are having trouble judging distances or maneuvering the car. They may be scraping against a fence at the end of the driveway, bumping the wall in the garage, or even bumping into other cars in parking lots.
Memory problems can make driving unsafe. Not only can they cause the elder adult to make poor judgments, but memory loss can also lead to them getting lost. If your older family member has called you or another family caregiver for directions to a familiar place, it could be an indicator of memory problems.
If your older family member struggles with vision problems, it may be wise to have their vision evaluated for safety in driving. Talk to the senior’s eye doctor about their vision and whether or not glasses are enough to correct the problem for safe driving.
When your older family member is no longer able to drive, there’s no need for them to lose their independence. An elder care provider can drive the senior to the places they want to go. Using an elder care provider for transportation means the older adult doesn’t have to wait around for family members or friends to be available to drive them. Instead, they can schedule elder care for their regular errands and outings.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Ardmore, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.