You might find yourself debating about whether or not it’s time to keep your loved one from driving. The problem is that it’s not always cut and dry. If any of these situations describe your loved one, however, you’ve got an easier decision than you realize.
Your Loved One’s Doctor Says it’s Time
Your loved one’s doctor has an overview of what is going on with your loved one’s health. If her doctor is telling you that she is no longer safe to drive, this is enough for you to finally take those keys away. Your loved one may also be more likely to listen to her doctor than to you, even if you’ve suspected that she needed to stop driving a while ago.
Your Loved One Has Been in Accidents or Received Tickets
Excessive amounts of accidents, tickets, or both are a big indication that your loved one is not likely to be making excellent choices behind the wheel of her car. You may want to order a copy of your loved one’s driving record from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Each state has different regulations about who can order these reports, so check with your DMV to be certain.
Your Loved One Can’t See Well
If your elderly loved one can’t see well enough to navigate around her home properly, she most likely can’t see well enough to drive, either. The best way to confirm this is to take your loved one to her eye doctor regularly for testing. Many states also have laws that require elderly drivers to have an eye test done in their offices yearly or every six months. Check with your DMV to be certain about the laws in your area.
Your Loved One’s Driver’s License Has Been Suspended or Revoked
Having a driver’s license that has been either suspended or completely revoked removes the decision from your hands. Your loved one absolutely cannot drive without a valid driver’s license. If this is the case for your loved one, talk to her about what this means for her future ability to drive.
Alternative transportation options are probably more available than you and your loved one think. If you’re truly in doubt, hire elder care providers to drive for your loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Robbinsville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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