March 30th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
As the children or close family of our elderly loved ones, dealing with all the changes of growing older can be challenging. It is hard to know where to step in and take over what our loved ones can no longer do for themselves.
Driver No More
Along with age comes the loss of basic functions and abilities like living on our own and driving, but most elderly people are determined to hold on to their independence. This can make taking away their driving rights quite difficult. Here are three important signs that it is time for an elderly loved one to stop driving:
When Familiar Roads Become Unfamiliar
As we age, it is common for things that used to be familiar to become unknown. The cognitive functioning of the elderly becomes compromised as they get older. When this happens, we will see that even short trips down the road can leave our elderly loved ones lost and confused.
Accidents Happen Often
When we see that our loved one is frequently getting into accidents, damaging the car, or not following basic driving etiquette, it is time to get their driving license revoked. Allowing our loved ones to be on the road when they are not capable of driving safely is a danger to them as well as everyone else on the road.
Is Driving with Them Uncomfortable?
An elderly person may be driving based on habit rather than actually responding to the world around them. If this is the case, when we drive with our loved ones we may notice that they are maneuvering incorrectly or not following traffic signs as they should.
It is hard for us to come to terms with the fact that our loved ones are no longer who they used to be. However, it is better than we fully understand their capabilities so we can better care for them. As we try to allow them more independence, it may be time to consider getting some help, by contacting Loved Ones for at home care.