Your Senior and Driving

Elder Care in North Las Vegas: Your Senior and Driving

Driving is such a touchy topic for aging adults and for the caregivers who love them. You don’t want to tell your senior that she can’t drive anymore, but you don’t want to see her hurt in an accident, either. Here’s what you can start doing now to make sure she’s safe behind the wheel.

Talk to Her Doctor.

The very first thing to do is to talk to your senior’s doctor about her future as a driver. There may be some specific health and cognitive issues that can shorten the time she has left in the driver’s seat. Her doctor can give you both a better idea of what to expect.

Talk to Friends and Family.

You may also want to talk to friends and family members about what they’ve witnessed in regard to your senior’s driving. They may have noticed some questionable driving that worried them, too. From here you can start to put together a more comprehensive picture of your senior’s driving.

Encourage a Road Test with a Driving Instructor.

One of the best ways to get an objective idea about your elderly family member’s ability to drive is to schedule a road test with a driving instructor. The driving instructor is not there to take anything away from your elderly family member, but you can both get a professional viewpoint on her ability to drive.

Maintain the Car.

While your elderly family member is still driving, make sure that her car is in good shape. The tires, fluids, and brakes need regular maintenance and anything unusual should be checked out by her mechanic right away. When you’re doing the bulk of the maintenance on your senior’s car, that gives you an easy way to keep an eye out for new damage that could indicate your senior’s ability to drive is changing.

Make Other Options Available.

The best thing that you can do for your senior at this point is to make other transportation options available to her. When she knows that she can contact elder care providers at any time to do the driving for her, she may be more willing to use that option. This gives her a way to self-enforce restrictions on her own driving so that she can be safer overall.

Keep conversations with your elderly family member about her driving as open and as friendly as possible. This doesn’t have to be a battle between the two of you. Let her know that her safety is your biggest concern. Keep your elderly family member’s concerns and fears in mind, even when you’re experiencing your own.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in North Las Vegas, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care. Call today (702) 385-0920.

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Your Senior and Driving

Elder Care in North Las Vegas: Your Senior and Driving

Driving is such a touchy topic for aging adults and for the caregivers who love them. You don’t want to tell your senior that she can’t drive anymore, but you don’t want to see her hurt in an accident, either. Here’s what you can start doing now to make sure she’s safe behind the wheel.

Talk to Her Doctor.

The very first thing to do is to talk to your senior’s doctor about her future as a driver. There may be some specific health and cognitive issues that can shorten the time she has left in the driver’s seat. Her doctor can give you both a better idea of what to expect.

Talk to Friends and Family.

You may also want to talk to friends and family members about what they’ve witnessed in regard to your senior’s driving. They may have noticed some questionable driving that worried them, too. From here you can start to put together a more comprehensive picture of your senior’s driving.

Encourage a Road Test with a Driving Instructor.

One of the best ways to get an objective idea about your elderly family member’s ability to drive is to schedule a road test with a driving instructor. The driving instructor is not there to take anything away from your elderly family member, but you can both get a professional viewpoint on her ability to drive.

Maintain the Car.

While your elderly family member is still driving, make sure that her car is in good shape. The tires, fluids, and brakes need regular maintenance and anything unusual should be checked out by her mechanic right away. When you’re doing the bulk of the maintenance on your senior’s car, that gives you an easy way to keep an eye out for new damage that could indicate your senior’s ability to drive is changing.

Make Other Options Available.

The best thing that you can do for your senior at this point is to make other transportation options available to her. When she knows that she can contact elder care providers at any time to do the driving for her, she may be more willing to use that option. This gives her a way to self-enforce restrictions on her own driving so that she can be safer overall.

Keep conversations with your elderly family member about her driving as open and as friendly as possible. This doesn’t have to be a battle between the two of you. Let her know that her safety is your biggest concern. Keep your elderly family member’s concerns and fears in mind, even when you’re experiencing your own.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in North Las Vegas, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care. Call today (702) 385-0920.



Free In Home Consultation & Care Assessment

Please fill out this form and we will contact you to set up your free assessment.




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