What if Your Senior Can’t Drive Anymore?

Some aging adults live in fear of the day that they can’t drive themselves wherever they want to go anymore. But does that have to be something for your senior to dread? If you’re prepared, you can help her to keep going wherever she wants safely.

Elderly Care in Pacifica CA: Senior Driving

Elderly Care in Pacifica CA: Senior Driving

 

Talk to Your Senior

When you first suspect that your senior is having difficulty driving, it’s best to address the topic with her head on. You don’t want to be confrontational, but you don’t want to avoid the conversation, either. Talk to her about what trouble she’s having behind the wheel and how you can help her the most.

Securing the Car

Depending on how difficult it is for your senior to drive safely, you may need to find a way to secure the car. For some aging adults, it may be enough for you to ask her to avoid driving. If your aging family member is stubborn, however, she may want to keep driving even though she knows it isn’t safe for her to do so. In really extreme cases, you might need to talk to your senior about selling her car.

Hiring Elderly Care Providers

Elderly care providers are incredibly helpful when it comes to finding transportation for your aging adult. Home care providers understand what your senior needs and can assist her while they’re out and about. The biggest benefit is that you know that your elderly family member is in good hands and that she’s still able to go where she needs to go.

Why Outings Are So Important

But why is it so important for your elderly family member to be able to go wherever she needs to go still? If she doesn’t, she’s much more likely to isolate herself and that can lead to depression and other health issues. As long as your elderly family member is willing and able to be active and to run errands, that’s all something that gives her a huge boost.

Your aging family member might worry that she can’t do much of anything anymore if she can’t drive herself and that just isn’t true. In fact, your elderly family member may do more with the help of someone else to do the driving than she’s been able to do in recent years. Having a little bit of help can actually free her up to be even more active and involved in life.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Pacifica, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.