It’s a difficult decision for your elderly family member to give up driving, but it might be time to do so. Here’s what you can do once she’s made that decision.
Contact Your Local Department of Motor Vehicles
Your local Department of Motor Vehicles can let you know if there is any special process your elder must follow if she wants to turn in her driver’s license. In most cases, she’ll simply need to hand over her old license and fill out an application for an ID card. The ID card allows her to prove her identity in the same way as her driver’s license, but it does not allow her to drive. You might need to bring some extra documentation with you to confirm your senior’s identity, so it is a good idea to call before going.
Cancel Her Car Insurance
Once your elderly family member turns in her license, the next step is to go ahead and cancel her car insurance. You don’t want to simply let it lapse, especially when a quick phone call to the company is usually all that’s required. Depending on how she pays her insurance premiums, your elder may even be due a refund of premiums that she has overpaid.
Determine What to Do with the Car
Now that your senior is unlicensed and uninsured, there’s still the car for you to handle. If someone else in the household can use the vehicle, then there may not be anything to do other than making sure the driver is insured and has a valid license of their own. In some cases, selling the car might be the best option for everyone involved.
Make Sure Your Elder Has Plenty of Alternatives to Driving
Your elderly family member doesn’t stop going anywhere simply because she’s not driving anymore, or at least that shouldn’t be what happens. If you can’t take over all of her transportation needs for her, elder care providers can be the next best solution. They understand what aging adults need and they can help to make outings both productive and fun all at the same time.
If this is a voluntary decision for your senior, she may be able to change her mind later and regain her ability to drive. It’s possible that she’ll need to take a series of driving tests and might even be required to take a driving course designed for older drivers, so do research what the requirements are in your area.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services near York PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author