It’s one thing for you to believe that your elder family member’s driving is getting a little bit iffy. But what if you’re just being too harsh on her? What you really need is an objective third party who can evaluate your elderly family member’s driving abilities.
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles
Your Department of Motor Vehicles likely has a policy for how to handle situations just like this one. In fact, many DMV offices can give your elder family member a driving test and some constructive advice about whether it’s a good idea for her to be on the road or not. Every Department of Motor Vehicles is different, so be sure to call ahead to find out if yours offers this service.
Get in Touch with Agencies that Help Elders
Many agencies that work with seniors every day hear about this type of situation quite often. They may be able to put you in touch with the right people to help with this problem in your area. Some even have driving instructors who can help, although this may not be the case everywhere.
Contact Driving Schools
Driving schools aren’t just for teenagers. Many of them also offer services during which they can evaluate your aging adult’s skills behind the wheel. Quite a few driving schools also offer defensive driving training or refresher training for senior drivers. This kind of evaluation can give you detailed information you can use to help keep your loved one safe, whether she continues to drive or not.
Ask about Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy covers a lot of ground, too. Some occupational therapists are trained to evaluate driving abilities as a part of their regular duties. It’s worth it to find out if there are any occupational therapists in your area who are able to do this for your aging family member.
While you’re in the process of having a professional driving analysis done, make sure your elderly family member can still get to where she needs to go. If you can’t be the one to drive her all the time, hire elder care providers who can be there for your aging adult.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Lexington NC, please contact the caring staff at Tender Hearted Home Care today. (704) 612-4132.
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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