For some seniors, a piece of paper isn’t going to keep them from driving. If that describes your elderly family member, you may be forced to take additional action.
Talk to Your Senior about Why This Is so Dangerous
Depending on the reasons that your elderly family member is no longer allowed to drive, she may feel as if she can still do what she likes. The problem, of course, is that this can be dangerous for your aging adult and for other people on the road as well. Try talking to your aging family member about your concerns and see if this helps to resolve the issue.
Put Other Transportation Options Right in Front of Her
Putting alternative transportation right in front of your aging family member every day is another potential solution. Determine whether you or other family members can do this for your elderly family member. If not, don’t rule out a simple solution, such as hiring home care services providers. This helps to ensure that your senior has transportation that doesn’t involve driving.
Replace the Car Keys
Particularly stubborn seniors might still sneak out to the car now and again. If you’re facing that problem, replacing the car keys can be one way to gain a resolution. Make sure that the keys look similar to your aging family member’s keys and swap them out.
Disable the Car in Some Way or Sell It
If your elderly family member is especially resourceful, you might need to go a step further. Selling the vehicle or disabling it in a manner that is not permanent can work. You might remove the battery or something similar that is easy for you to reverse, but not easy for your aging parent to reverse.
Contact Your Local Law Enforcement
In extreme cases, you might even want to call local law enforcement and let them know that your elderly family member is attempting to drive. Laws regarding this situation vary, but they can let you know what your options are in order to keep your aging family member safe.
This can be such a complicated situation for your entire family. Try not to feel guilty about doing what you need to do in order to keep your aging adult safe.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in McKeesport PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.
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