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Why Does Your Loved One Continue to Drive, Even if She Knows She Shouldn't?

Elderly Care in River North IL: Why Does Your Loved One Continue to Drive, Even if She Knows She Shouldn't?

Elderly Care in River North IL: Why Does Your Loved One Continue to Drive, Even if She Knows She Shouldn't?

Your loved one's reasons for continuing to drive can be varied and complicated. It's entirely possible that your loved one is well aware that driving is not the best option for her, but if she doesn't see a better solution, she'll stick with driving.

She Doesn't Believe She Has Other Options

Your loved one may not see any other options besides driving herself wherever she wants to go. Although you and other family members might be perfectly willing to help her, this still may not be a viable option to her. Even lining up elderly care providers or other transportation options may take some getting used to for your loved one.

She Doesn't Want to Be a Problem

No matter how willing you are to help your loved one, she may still see this as being a burden or a problem for you. It can be difficult to persuade your loved one otherwise, but stick with it. You never know when you'll land on the right combination to convince your loved one that you're there for her no matter what.

She Doesn't Feel Safe Using Public Transportation

If your loved one has resisted giving up her car keys for a while, she may have developed further health conditions that leave her feeling vulnerable on public transportation. This can be true even if your area has designated transportation options for elderly and disabled people. Finding a solution that feels secure and stable for your loved one is essential or she'll continue to try to drive herself.

She Doesn't Want to Feel Trapped

Another extremely common worry, even if your loved one doesn't go many places during the day, is that now she'll be trapped at home if she can't drive for herself. The key to resolving this issue is to make sure that transportation options are consistently available for your loved one. As she learns to trust that these options are there for her, she can relax a little more into the new normal.

Approach conversations about driving in a loving, open manner with your loved one. Let her know that this is about her safety first and foremost.


About Lenora Alabi, Branch Manager

Lenora Alabi, Branch Manager

Lenora Alabi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Prior to joining the BrightStar Care team, Lenora taught pharmacy related courses as the Lead Instructor for the Pharmacy Technician Program at Everest College for six years, helping to prepare students for careers in pharmacy. She was also the Program Manager for the Massage Therapy Program at Everest.

Lenora joined the BrightStar Care Family in 2015 as a Customer Care Manager where she excelled and made a significant impact on customers and staff through her passion in delivering a higher standard of care. Lenora became Branch Manager in 2016 and she continues to exhibit that same passion by ensuring that the highest quality care is provided to all clients and families. She also works diligently to ensure that the BrightStar Care core values are a meaningful part of every activity. “The standards are impeccable, and BrightStar Care is a company that works endlessly to ensure that customers are receiving the best care possible.”

Topics: General Health