Your senior loved one likely enjoys the independence of driving to appointments or visits with friends, but his or her skills may have decreased with age. Here are some tips to help make driving safer for your loved one, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of senior home care in Westfield.
Check Eyesight and Hearing
Driving may need to be put on hold if your loved one has not had an eye check-up in the past two years. The windows and mirrors in his or her vehicle should also be kept clean to ensure a proper line of sight. If your loved one has any hearing difficulties, schedule a check-up with his or her physician to ensure the level of hearing impairment won’t lead to trouble on the road.
Acknowledge Physical Difficulties
Your loved one may have lost some height over time, which can affect driving abilities. Securing pillows behind his or her back may lead to a more comfortable position and offer better views in the mirrors. If improving flexibility and coordination is also a concern and your loved one is having problems responding to his or her surroundings quickly, exercises like stretching or walking may be a good idea.
Be Aware of Medications
Certain medications can impair your loved one’s ability to drive safely. If any medications are not suitable to take while driving, it may be a simple matter of changing the times the particular medication is taken so that it does not conflict with driving.
Brush Up on Skills
Knowing the rules of the road is crucial, so relearning skills at a driving refresher course can lead to greater ease behind the wheel for your loved one. Along with the benefit of safer driving, it could even have the added bonus of lower insurance premiums.
If your senior loved one can no longer take to the road safely, turn to Westfield Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in and part-time hourly care in Westfield, and our expertly trained caregivers can pick up prescriptions, provide transportation to appointments or when running errands, and help with everyday tasks around the home. For more information, call us today at 908.450.9400. One of our qualified Care Managers would be happy to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.