It’s a terrifying feeling to know that your elderly family member shouldn’t be driving and yet continues to do so. So what can you do about it when your senior won’t listen to you about not driving?
Talk to Her Calmly and Openly
You may have already tried talking to your aging family member about this issue, but it’s time to give it one more opportunity. Sit down with her and calmly let her know that you’re scared for her when she’s on the road. Be extremely open and direct about what exactly makes you worried and what you fear could happen. Keep the focus on her safety and don’t let her laugh away your concerns.
Talk with Her Doctor about the Risk
Some aging adults don’t want to follow advice unless it comes from a medical professional. Toward that end, you might want to start enlisting the help of your senior’s doctor. Let her doctor know what you’ve witnessed, what you’re concerned about, and what your senior has to say. One conversation with her doctor may do far more than you expect it to do.
Disable the Vehicle
If she’s still driving after you’ve brought in her doctor, it might be time to start disabling the car. The problem with this option is that your senior may find ways around this quite easily. It can also backfire from the standpoint that it damages her trust in you as her caregiver. Disabling the car itself might be a last resort option.
Set up Alternatives that Can’t Be Ignored
Some alternative transportation options rely on your senior contacting someone to request assistance with a trip. If she’s willing to do this, they’re very useful options. In this case, however, she’s probably not going to set up those requests. Hiring homecare providers to be there when you can’t be gives your senior an alternative transportation option that she cannot ignore. Having a driver from a homecare provider right there takes away her argument that she didn’t have time to wait for someone to come get her.
Ignoring this situation won’t make it go away. You can’t simply give up on this one until you have a solution.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare Services in Glendale AZ, please contact the caring staff at Devoted Guardians today. Affordable In-Home Care in the Phoenix Metro Area. Call Today: (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.
Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.
Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.