Driving is one of the most sensitive topics for caregivers of elderly. Driving is all about independence and it is one of the most emotional things for a senior to give up. Furthermore, it is hard to get around most of US without a car. So giving up your driving will almost always mean a need for relocation to a different type of living environment, which means leaving your home.
There are different signs and warnings that alert you that an elderly driver is having difficulty. These include more fender benders, more traffic tickets, getting lost on familiar routes, trouble staying in lane, driving too fast or too slow, problems making turns, stopping for no reason and getting easily distracted.
But how do you address this sensitive issue? Sometimes a compromise may be reached: driving only during the day but not at night. Yet this may not be sufficient. You may involve a close friend, an attorney or a doctor who would be able to give the message in a positive way. You may involve a geriatric care manager – a professional trained in working with seniors. You will need to find alternative methods of transportation to help your loved one in getting around. And in situations of Alzheimer, a simple conversation is likely not to be effective, so disabling or selling the car may be your only option.
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Disclaimer: This article only offers general information. Each situation is unique. It is always helpful to talk to a specialized attorney, to figure out your various options and ramifications of actions. As every case has subtle differences, please do not use this article for legal advice. Only a signed engagement letter will create an attorney-client relationship.