Did you know that Ohio is one of the top 20 most dangerous states for seniors to drive? And, the state does not have stricter driving rules for those age 65 and older. It is important to continually evaluate your driving skills. Here are a few of our tips!
Communicate: Start by having an open conversation with your aging loved one with any struggles they may be having on the road. They may be too embarrassed to bring it up on their own. Make sure that you’re delicate as giving up the keys is a sign of lost independence and can be a sensitive subject.
Observe: Let your elderly loved one take you for a drive. You will be able to observe first-hand if they are able to follow the road signs and be in complete control.
Monitor Medication: It is well known that some medications cause drowsiness. Be sure to check and mark down each dose and the waiting period before your loved one has the ability to drive again.
Explore Alternative Methods: If your loved one does not have mobility issues, getting a designated driver has never been easier with handy apps such as Lyft and Uber. You could have a driver at your doorsteps within minutes. However, check with their doctor first. If they have a balance issue and need the use of a cane or walker, these methods don’t offer the assistance they will need. Check with transportation services specifically created for the senior population that are no longer able to drive themselves such as Door to Door Van. They have wheelchair-accessible vans with lifts and they know how to safely transfer senior clients that use canes and walkers. However, this option would require that they schedule their trips in advance.
Keep an Eye on Senses: A regular eye and ear exam are important to make sure your loved one is sharp enough to follow the rules of the road. Also discuss nighttime driving with their optometrist.
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