One of the toughest conversations to have with an elderly parent is one addressing why they need to stop driving. However, this is a necessary evil; besides teenagers, the elderly are the next most likely group to get tickets for traffic violations.
Seniors are not necessarily bad drivers. But there might come a time when you will have to take your parent’s keys away. In this article, we will highlight three warning signs that Home 2 Care Transportation Services suggests every concerned caregiver should watch out for to help their senior drivers remain safe and avert road tragedies.
Seniors start to become infirm, losing certain functions with aging, one of them being a good vision. While complete blindness may not be a much common problem, millions of seniors are currently under some form of visual impairment, with the numbers growing rapidly from age 40 onward. Is your senior loved one having problems finding things at home, showing changes in color perception, having problems seeing in low light or experiencing difficulty adapting to bright light? These are some of the major signs of vision impairment and early indicators for having the conversation about no longer driving. Getting a vision test could further help drive home your points and help convince your parent to stop driving.
Mental health issues are common among the aged, Parkinsonism and dementia for example, both of which impair judgment and can compromise activities such as driving. Concerned about your elderly loved mental health and how their driving may be affected? Schedule an appointment to consult with a healthcare provider and discuss the details. Apparently, not all health conditions do imply that they may have to stop driving, but it is paramount to know the mental health status of our loved ones for their safety behind wheels.
Some of the routine medications used by the aged to manage their various popular ailments are capable of compromising driving ability, because their Intake may be accompanied by side effects such as drowsiness, tremors, confusion, and blurred vision. It is important to keep our loved ones abreast of the drugs they are taking, and how their activities may be interfered with.
Being a loving child as well as a responsible citizen would sometimes require making difficult decisions, one of such being taking away our parents’ car keys when they start showing sign of incapabilities to drive. The most effective way to do this would be to look for alternative transportation means to ease the transition. Home 2 Care Transportation offers individualized senior transportation options, readily accessible to all aged persons throughout Dane County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us to find out more about how much we can be of help.