Jul 17, 2017 by Marlin Duncan
One of the hardest things for seniors who love their independence can be recognizing when it’s time to stop driving. For many seniors being able to drive is critical to staying independent. They don’t want to be a burden on friends and family when they need to get to the store or to medical appointments. And they may not be able to afford taking taxis every time they need to go out. Elderly care at home can help fill in the gaps when a senior needs to stop driving by helping to arrange for affordable transportation.
If your senior loved one is still driving, but is exhibiting any of these signs it may be time to have a talk with them about road safety. To keep themselves safe and others safe it’s probably time to stop driving if the following signs occur frequently:
When seniors start to get lost or get confused when they are traveling familiar routes that’s a good indication that it might be time for them to stop driving. GPS maps and other applications can help, but if you notice that your loved one is frequently getting lost in areas that they have traveled in for years it could be a sign of cognitive impairment that could make driving dangerous.
If your loved one’s eyesight is getting worse and the mention that they are having trouble seeing traffic signs, brake lights or stop lights they should probably not be driving. Not being able to see turn signals or brake lights on cars in front of them could easily result in an accident. So could not being able to see stoplights or traffic signals.
Take a look at your loved one’s car. If there are new scratches in the paint, bumps or dents that you haven’t noticed before your loved one could be having trouble negotiating parking spaces and traffic hazards. Convincing your loved one to stop driving now with elderly care at home could prevent them from being in a serious accident later on.
Does your loved one get easily frustrated by the other drivers on the road? Do they seem more impatient and quick to yell at other drivers for perceived infractions? Road rage can be a sign of dementia or other cognitive problems. If your senior loved one is exhibiting signs of instability or extreme anger it’s a good idea to get them off the road for their safety and the safety of others.
Is it time to take the keys? If your loved one in Hazleton, PA or in the nearby areas should no longer be driving, contact us or call (570) 483-8913 to schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about how elderly care at home can help your senior loved one maintain their independence without becoming a danger on the road.