We all experience aging differently from each other. This makes it difficult to gauge when it’s time for an older adult to give up driving.
So, how can you tell when it’s time for them to stop?
As a licensed provider of professional Home Care in Arlington, Virginia, we have taken care of seniors in various stages of old age. Below are a couple of questions that has helped us, and our clients, effectively determine a senior’s ability to drive safely and independently.
Ask yourself the following:
- Do other drivers honk at your loved one when they’re driving?
- Does your loved one get into frequent accidents e.g., fender benders?
- Do they often get lost, even in streets they know?
- Do they easily get distracted while driving?
- Can they read/see traffic signs clearly?
- Do they have trouble staying on their lane?
- Do they often feel discomfort in their hands, fingers, and lower back from driving?
- Have they been pulled over by a police officer for their driving?
If the answer is “yes” for most of the questions listed above, then it might be time to talk to your loved one about giving up driving.
Medical assessments from licensed physicians may be covered by Medicaid and Medicare in Virginia. So, if your loved one prefers to get a second opinion, you can do so before making any final decisions.
- Getting Around Safely
Getting Private Care services to assist your loved one with transportation can be the most effective way to preserve their independence. Our caregivers can drive your loved ones from Point A to Point B, so they won’t have to rely on third-party services to take them where they want to go.
Contact My Privilege Home Care LLC to learn more about our services today!