Handy Devices That Improve Your Parent’s Experience in a Car

Did you know that 8 out of 10 men and women over the age of 79 have arthritis? This pain and stiffness in the joints make it hard to move, turn, and twist. You might not think of this as that concerning, but it can be. Many seniors struggle to turn and check blind spots, twist to put on a seatbelt, or turn to get in and out of the car.

Homecare in San Mateo CA: Car Devices For Your Senior

Homecare in San Mateo CA: Car Devices For Your Senior


Your parents may have stopped driving. They’re still at risk of injury, however. If they struggle to get out of the car, they may fall and get hurt. They may not buckle the seatbelt fully. There are assistive devices for the car that can help your mom and dad when they’re going for a drive.

Car Cane or Caddie

A car cane is a small device that fits in the glovebox or center storage. It has a metal pick that slips into the latch on the inside framing of a door. Once in place, your parent can hold that and have it provide support while standing up. Car canes are inexpensive. You can find them in many mass merchandise retailers and home goods stores.

There’s also a caddie that hooks onto the top frame of a door and hangs down. The strap gives your parent something to use as leverage while coming from a seated to a standing position.


Swivel Seat or Transfer Board

If turning is a challenge, look into a swivel seat cushion. It sets on the seat. When it is time to get in and out of the car, the swivel seat spins 360 degrees. Your mom or dad will have help turning and getting all the way into or out of the car.

If your parent is in a wheelchair, the transfer board is ideal. There’s also a transfer board that slides under your parent and extends out of the car to a wheelchair. As you assist them, the seat part slides from one end of the board to the other. This makes it easy to get out of the car and into a wheelchair. Once seated, you pull the board out.


Seatbelt Assistance

If your mom or dad struggles to buckle up, a seatbelt assistance device can help. A Buckle Mate surrounds the base of the latch to holds it steady at a higher angle to make it easier to latch the seatbelt’s buckle. There are also devices that assist the user in pulling the seatbelt across the body and to the latch.

Once your parents aren’t driving, consider home care services. You may be burning through vacation days or personal time making sure your parents get to appointments and therapy sessions. With a caregiver helping with transportation, you’ll be able to stay focused at work and save your days off for quality time together. Call a home care agency to get started.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in San Mateo, 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.

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