It’s always optimal to ask your elderly family member if she’s having any trouble driving. If she’s not necessarily open with you about her issues, however, you might have to do a little bit of detective work on your own. Here are some of the signs you should start watching for when it comes to your elderly family member and driving.
She’s Got a Collection of Tickets.
When someone isn’t doing a good job of driving, they may find that the local police departments are paying attention to that fact. Your elderly family member might be developing a collection of traffic tickets that you didn’t know about. One way you might find out is because her insurance rates keep going up and you’re not sure why.
The Car Is Showing Signs of Damage.
Make it a point to walk around your elderly family member’s car and really look at it periodically. If you start to notice an increase in dents, dings, and other signs of damage, it’s possible that your aging adult is running into a few things here and there. She may not be a bad enough driver to be getting these dings while driving, but it could point to problems while parking.
Her Hearing, Eyesight, or Memory Are Iffy.
When your elderly family member cannot see, hear, or remember well, that is a recipe for disaster behind the wheel. Talk to her doctor about these three important factors and see if he can run some tests to ease your mind. It’s possible that she’s compensating for these problems while she’s driving, but you’re better off checking than being sorry later.
She’s in Pain or Has Trouble with Range of Motion.
Driving is actually a very physical act, but when you’re in good shape and you have decent range of motion, you don’t notice that as much. For an elderly family member who is in pain on a daily basis or who has diminishing range of motion, driving can be almost impossible.
If your elderly family member is open to the idea, consider hiring home care providers to drive for her. That way she is still mobile, but you’re not worried about her driving.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Houston, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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