No one wants to see an elderly relative lose his or her independence. But unfortunately, there comes a time when everyone has to face reality. Failing eyesight, slower reflexes, and the effects of some medications can mean it’s no longer safe for your loved one to be on the road. Initiating the discussion, though, can be tough. Having companion care in place can help ease the transition for everyone.
Trained, in-home caregivers can watch for the warning signs, letting you know it’s time to reduce or restrict access to the car. Problems to watch for include anxiety while driving, range of motion issues like being unable to turn to look over the shoulder, getting lost, and an increased number of dents and scrapes on the car. Arranging for a companion care service to handle the driving will ease your worries without your loved one feeling as if she’s lost her freedom.
When it’s time to approach your elderly relative about giving up the keys for good, it’s important to be sensitive to his or her concerns. Many seniors realize their driving skills are declining, but are reluctant to ask others for help. Hiring a companion care service will not only alleviate your loved one’s discomfort at asking for a ride, but will leave you feeling reassured about his or her safety as well.
Originally posted 2010-07-30 07:43:03.