Today, I want to tell you a story that you need to hear. Why? Because it just might keep your aging loved ones and those around them safe.
A few weeks ago, one of our Caregivers was out running errands and spotted one of our clients in front of her on the road.
Everything seemed normal. They were stopped at a red light as traffic zoomed through the intersection.
Then it happened.
The elderly client accelerated through the busy intersection, driving through the red light.
Fortunately, they made it through safely. But this story could have had a much more tragic ending.
As your loved ones age, make sure you are prepared to monitor their driving.
Below I explain what you should start doing right now, and tell you who can help when it is time to take the keys away.
How to Monitor Their Ability to Drive
As your loved ones age, it becomes increasingly important to monitor their ability to drive. Here are some simple ways to do that:
1. Ride with your loved ones as they run errands, visit the doctor, etc.
2. Observe their driving habits. Do they look comfortable behind the wheel? Are they obeying all traffic laws? Are they able to adequately react to pedestrians and other vehicles?
3. Check their car for warning signs. Inside keep an eye out for traffic tickets or warnings. Outside, check for dents or scratches.
When it is Time to Take the Keys Away
I want you to know that it is OK to take the keys away from mom and dad. But I also know that taking the keys away is difficult. If you need help, remember that you can lean on your support network, including:
1. Your doctor
3. A trusted friend
4. Call me (I’ve helped before and I’m happy to do it again)
If you have questions or want to discuss this further, don’t hesitate to call, text, or contact us online.