One of the hardest parts of the aging process can be giving up one’s mobility. At a certain point, it’s just not safe to operate an automobile. Sometimes, it’s hard for seniors to admit this to themselves, and that can leave it up to their adult children to step in and have the necessary conversation. In this blog, our Brandon elder law attorneys will offer tips when navigating this difficult part of life.
As people age, their health declines, and much of this can affect a senior’s ability to drive. If the doctors diagnose your parent with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or another form of dementia, then the time has come for them to stop driving.
Check in with your loved one about their medications, and especially note anything that can cause drowsiness or confusion. You may want to join mom or dad at doctor’s appointments to discuss any possible side effects, especially if your parent is on several medications or drinks alcohol, as that can have ill effects with certain medications.
Similarly, senses and reflexes are essential to good driving, and if those become impaired, your parent may not be able to hit the brakes in time, hear the sirens coming, or see the pedestrian in the road. Again, it’s important to have open and honest conversations with your parent’s doctor if you have these concerns.
Finally, if you make the decision to take the car keys from your parent, you need a plan in place to ensure they can get where they need to go and run all their necessary errands. It could mean assigning family members to take turns with grocery shopping, doctor appointments, and prescription pick-ups. There are also senior transportation services available in many areas if you do not have the assistance of family for some reason. Teaching your parents how to use the apps for Uber or Lyft can help provide solutions for transportation as well.
If you think it is time for your parent to stop driving and possibly transition into a higher level of care such as receiving home care or assisted living care, we can help. To schedule a consultation at our Tampa area law firm, simply call (813) 438-8503 to set up a consultation. We will bring you in for a meeting that will offer you the guidance that you need to navigate this new stage of life.