Companion Care Makes Difficult Decisions Easier

Older Drivers May Be At RiskNo 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.

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Originally posted 2010-07-30 07:43:03.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.