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Caring for an elderly loved one can be difficult. There are many hard conversations, from medication management and meal preparation services to how to keep up with doctor appointments and procedures. One of the most difficult things for loved ones to deal with is driving ability. Some seniors retain their ability to drive safely into their 80s and even 90s, while others begin to decline decades earlier. In some cases, the changes are so gradual that the senior may not notice them.
Loved ones are often the first to notice the decline in driving ability. You may notice that your father is having trouble driving at night, or that your mom does not see the stop signs as well as she used to. No matter what you see, you need to have a serious conversation about driving safety.
Many seniors are understandably reluctant to give up their cars. A driver's license represents freedom, and the loss of that license can be a big blow. In some cases, your elderly loved one may be able to drive safely with a few changes. If your dad is having trouble with night vision, limiting his excursions to daytime hours can be a smart solution. If he needs to go somewhere after dark, you can do the driving or engage a friend or relative.
In other cases, no amount of change will allow the senior to drive safely. Elderly who are suffering from cognitive decline or memory issues may have no choice but to give up their licenses and rely on in-home care services and companion care assistants to get them where they need to go.
BrightStar Care in Sierra Vista can help with the challenges faced by older drivers and the people who love them. Our home companions can help your loved one travel and stay safe. From home support services (such as light housekeeping and meal preparation services) to transportation services for doctor's appointments or grocery trips, our senior care providers can help.
Count on BrightStar Care in Sierra Vista to help your elderly loved one deal with their age and driving ability.
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