If you provide elderly care for an aging loved one, it is likely you have heard her talk extensively about how times have changed. While this is often a sentimental comment about changes in social relationships and expectations, there is a lot to be said about the accuracy of this observation. Times have changed considerably, and it is important concessions are made in your elderly care arrangement to adjust for these changes.
One of the biggest areas of change is driving. Many seniors remember a time when a leisurely drive was a favorite Sunday activity and traffic was a rarity. Now there are massive freeways, confusing laws and more complicated vehicles. If your aging loved one is not willing to give up his driving privileges just yet, but you are concerned that he may not be handling it as well as he once did, you may want to consider making senior driver retraining a part of your elderly care plan. Driver retraining is about much more than just making sure your aging loved one remembers how to go through the basic actions of driving. These programs are designed to evaluate the ability of your aging loved one to handle the responsibility of driving both physically and cognitively. If problems are detected, modifications can be made to help him maintain his freedom and independence while also keeping him and everyone else on the road safe.
One of the most innovative parts of senior drive retraining is the route safety evaluation. While the instructor is evaluating your loved one’s abilities and instincts while driving, he is also determining how safe the routes your loved one chooses are. He will determine if there are better routes your loved one could take to the places he visits most often so your loved one can modify his habits and remain safer and more secure.
Taking driver retraining is also a fantastic way to potentially save money on your loved one’s auto insurance. A senior who has undergone retraining and improvement courses may be eligible for discounts for being a safe and conscientious driver. This includes retraining aimed at helping your aging loved one adjust to physiological changes that have occurred since he has been driving.
If you are interested in having your aging loved one evaluated to determine if it is safe for him to continue driving, contact the senior care agency in your area. They can guide you toward a resource for such a program.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elderly care services in River Oaks, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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