Being able to drive yourself from place to place is a privilege that may have to be revoked as you reach your later years. If your senior parent or family member’s driving skills start to decline, confront them about giving the driver’s seat up. This may be difficult to do, especially if your loved one deeply values their independence. Some parents will try to fight and argue, but don’t let any of your loved ones put themselves in danger.
Most people don’t take criticism well. Make sure to approach your older family member with respect and love. If you find yourself in the car with them as they are driving, try not to point out all of the things they are doing wrong. They may take your evaluation of their driving as an attack, which will cause them to get frustrated. Tell your senior loved one at home that you are just concerned about their safety and you don’t want to see them get hurt. Then ask them if they would be willing to stop driving.
Write Down Your Observations
If your senior loved one tries to convince you that they are still in good shape to drive and you know that they are not, go on a drive with them and write down what driving concerns you have. Your senior citizen’s reflexes may have slowed down since they were younger or the aches and pains in their body may prevent them from looking over their shoulder with ease. After the drive, disclose the observations you have made about their driving skills in a loving and respectful manner.
It Will Take Time
If your senior loved one seems to be hurt about the decline of their driving skills, remember: you aren’t a bad person who is trying to take away your elderly parent’s freedom to drive–you are a family member, concerned about the well-being of your loved ones. As time goes by, they will realize that driving in their more seasoned years is more dangerous and giving it up is for the best. It will take time for them to realize that giving up their license to drive is for their own good and the good of everyone else around them.
There are other forms of transportation that your senior family member can benefit from. They can:
Take a taxi or a bus.
Arrange for a Grab/Uber/Lift to pick them up.
Get a ride from a family member or a friend.
Ask assistance from a provider of In-Home Care in Broward County Florida.
At TLC Senior HomeCare, we know that life can get hectic and busy. You can’t always be there to give your older loved one a ride. If they need assistance with transportation, contact us today. We offer Home Care Services in Florida. Not only will we gladly provide your senior citizen with a ride, we can also help them with preparing meals, bathing, housekeeping, and more.