As our parents get older, they gradually become more limited in what they are physically and mentally equipped to do—and in some cases, those limitations may include driving. A time may come when it is simply not safe for your elderly mom or dad to be behind the wheel, and it may fall to you to have a delicate conversation with them about finding a new form of transportation.
How do you know when that day has arrived? There are a few common signs that an older person needs to hand over the keys:
- They start to experience memory loss or confusion that prohibits them from finding their way on familiar roads.
- They suddenly start to accrue more tickets/warnings or having more small accidents than they used to.
- They start to exhibit signs of impaired vision, especially at night.
- They cease appropriately responding to the signals and maneuvers of other drivers on the road.
- You notice a discernable drop in reflexes and reaction time.
- You simply do not feel safe being their passenger, or you do not feel comfortable allowing your child to be their passenger.
Any of these signs should be taken as a warning that your mom or dad may not be fit for driving any more—but the good news is that alternatives are available, and they don’t necessarily involve you playing chauffer every day. Our Foundation offers local seniors transportation in the Care Van, which will take them to our Adult Day care as well as to grocery stores and pharmacies in addition to medical appointments. It’s a safe and hassle-free ride, and we offer door-to-door service for each senior who signs up.
If you live in the greater Fallbrook area, we invite you to contact us today to learn more about the Care Van!
Learn more about the Care Van by contacting us today!