Is It Time For Your Parents To Give Up Their Car Keys?

Home Care in River Oaks TX

Driving for elderly people is considered to be a significant part of their independent living, but with age, the ability to drive safely often decreases. So, unfortunately, there comes a time when a Home Care in River Oaks TXfamily caregiver is faced with having to talk with their aging parents about giving up driving for their safety and for the safety of others. It is essential that as a caregiver, you understand the warning signs that it may be time to for your parents to give up their car keys and to let them know that this doesn’t mean it is the end of their independence.

Building a Case
One of the most difficult things to do as a family caregiver is building a case that will convince your parents that driving is no longer safe. The first place to start is by using your intuition. Consider going for a short drive with your parents to observe the actions behind the wheel. For example, take notice of how quickly their response time is, how well they observe other cars and pedestrians on the road and are they becoming distracted easily or do they appear to be nervous in traffic. If you are uncomfortable or fear for their safety, it is essential that you discuss what you have observed with your parent. Keep in mind that it is important for you or another family member to take a “test ride” with your parent, you should never suggest a home care provider ride with your parent.

Compassionate Conversation
It is important that you are compassionate during your conversation for convincing your parents they should no longer drive. During your conversation, it may be helpful to have an in-home care provider with you or a family physician who is familiar with your parents or someone else who can help you explain why it may be necessary to give up driving. Make it clear that you are concerned for their safety as well as others on the road, yet ensure them that not driving does not mean they are no longer going to be able to go out of the house.

 

Offer Alternatives
One of the most important parts of this conversation is ensuring your parents that there are alternatives to their driving. For example, if your parents have certain days when they go to the grocery store or if they attend church every Sunday, volunteer to take them and be positive, such as implying that this will allow the two of you to spend more time together. Another option is to enlist the help of an in-home care provider. Most elder care providers are happy to provide transportation for social outings, doctor appointments and/or shopping.

It is important to keep in mind that you are not the only one who is facing taking the keys away from an elderly person and there are many people, including your parents, who will be thankful that you have possibly saved their life and/or others who are on the roads.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care services in River Oaks, TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 664-7394. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

Gary Williams

Director of Marketing at New Frontier Home Care
Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
Gary is a Verified Google Author