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When Should a Person Stop Driving?

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Is It Time For Your Senior Loved One to Stop Driving?

While getting older doesn’t automatically mean that you should stop getting behind the wheel, signs of aging such as cognitive and physical decline can make operating a motor vehicle more dangerous to yourself and others. Slow reflexes and deteriorating vision can make driving dangerous, but we understand having that conversation with an elderly loved one can feel fraught. That’s why Advancare provides services such as incidental transportation in the Miami area; beyond in-home care, it still allows seniors to maintain a social life and keep their appointments. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of how to know that a senior is too old to drive and how to stop an elderly parent from driving.

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How Do You Know If You’re Too Old to Drive?

Though there is no one indication that it is time to stop driving, there are certain signs that can be observed that it’s no longer safe for your senior to drive. If you notice any of the following indicators, you should attempt to convince a loved one in their golden years to give up their driving privileges.

  • Getting confused by traffic signals
  • Stopping at green lights when there is no stop sign
  • Getting lost and calling a family member for directions
  • Hearing from friends and acquaintances who are concerned about your loved one’s driving
  • Having accidents or side-swiping other cars while parking
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Other drivers honk at you

In addition to the above signs, certain medical conditions can inhibit one’s ability to drive:

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Problems with hearing or vision
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes

How to Stop an Elderly Parent From Driving

One of the most common questions that our senior care professionals receive from family members is surrounding how they can prevent elderly parents from driving. For an elderly person, giving up their driving privileges is often a difficult thing to do because it means losing independence. When you have concerns about a loved one’s driving, one option is to request a driving evaluation at a rehabilitation center, driving school, or state licensing agency.

If an older adult is adamant about not wanting to give up their licenses, sometimes family members need to take action on their own. This can mean disabling the car or taking it away.

Incidental Transportation in the Miami-Dade Area

One way to make the car-less life easier for seniors is to hire an in-home caregiving service that provides errand service in and around Miami, or simple incidental transportation. Though we are not a taxi service, the incidental transportation service offered by Advancare can help your loved one get to important activities. Say your loved one’s friend calls them to meet for lunch, but they are homebound and cannot drive. In this case, they would simply call up our company and we would send one of our caregivers to take them.

Contact our Caregivers Today

To learn more about our incidental transportation services, reach out to Advancare at 305-441-9794.

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