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Can Elderly Care Help Keep Your Loved One Safe from Unwise Driving Habits in Auburn, NH?

As we age, many changes occur in our physical, mental, emotional, and social health. At Visiting Angels of Auburn, we know that your priority is making sure your loved one enjoys their best possible quality of life throughout their golden years. That is why our elderly care services offer a wide range of resources for your loved one that can support holistic health. If you are concerned that your aging parent or loved one may no longer be a safe driver, we can help your family navigate that change.

How Visiting Angels of Auburn Offers the Elderly Care Resources Your Loved One Will Appreciate

If you have not talked with your loved one about their driving habits and safety, there is no time like the present! It is best to have this conversation before something dangerous forces your hand. Your loved one will feel more control over the situation, and more like they can maintain their independence and preferences, if you work through the issue of driving together. And when you work with Visiting Angels of Auburn, our elderly care services include transportation, mobility assistance, and more.

Start the conversation with neutral observations.

Try: “Dad, I noticed that when you drove to my house for dinner last night, your headlights weren’t on. I want to brainstorm ways that we can make sure you’re safe.”

Providing a few examples can help demonstrate to your loved one that there is a real need to discuss their driving habits. You can discuss options like no longer driving at night or letting someone else drive when they need to visit an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Give them options.

Your loved one might be more open to giving up their need to drive themselves if they know they have options. Receiving elderly care from Visiting Angels of Auburn provides your loved one with a dedicated assistant who can help with mobility and transportation issues, including driving your loved one to medical appointments, social activities, community events, and more. Transportation can be part of the care plan we will build with you and your family and having that option might make it easier to give up driving.

Be calm and understanding.

Many changes in physical health can impact driving. Your loved one might experience changes in vision, reflexes, or memory that can affect how safe they are behind the wheel. If you notice these changes, bring them up in a calm and reflective way, and help your loved one think through the best way to stay safe going forward.

Contact Visiting Angels of Auburn

If you are helping to care for a loved one who lives alone, Visiting Angels of Auburn offers comprehensive elderly care that can help. Call our home care agency today to learn more about our customizable care plans.

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