How Can You Determine it’s Time for Your Senior to Stop Driving?

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Some caregivers and seniors believe that age is the big factor that decides whether someone should stop driving or not. But in reality, age doesn’t have as much to do with this big decision as other factors do.

Here are some of the other considerations that should go into making the driving decision.

Can She Respond to Situations Quickly?

Home Care Galion OH - How Can You Determine it’s Time for Your Senior to Stop Driving?

Home Care Galion OH – How Can You Determine it’s Time for Your Senior to Stop Driving?

Driving is about responding quickly and accurately to what’s going on outside the vehicle. If your senior’s reflexes are slowing down, she might find driving to be a challenge. Likewise, how her brain responds to those changing situations matters, too. Your elderly family member needs to be able to demonstrate that she’s aware of what’s going on and that she can adapt to what’s happening.

Does She Get Distracted Easily?

How distracted does your senior get in general? If she’s often interrupting herself during normal daily activities, driving might be a big challenge for her. When she’s driving, your senior needs to be able to focus on what’s going on both inside and outside the car. If she frequently finds that she’s confused about what’s happening or that she’s not sure about what just happened, she may be too distracted to drive safely.

How Is Her Vision?

If your elderly family member isn’t able to see well, that might be a deciding factor on its own. Being able to see obstacles and situations outside of the vehicle is a crucial part of being a safe driver. If your senior hasn’t been to her eye doctor in a while, she needs to go as soon as possible. What her eye doctor says might have something to do with whether she keeps driving or not.

What about the Car?

And what’s going on with the car itself? Is your senior keeping up with maintenance concerns? How does the outside of the car look? All of this is vital information and if you haven’t been paying attention to it before, it needs to be on your radar now. Dents, scratches, dings, and more can all mean that your senior is having some spatial difficulty while driving.

One option your senior might be open to is having home care providers available to drive for her. Home care providers can give her transportation help, companionship, and help with other tasks but doesn’t leave her stuck at home. She may not like the idea much at first, but if this is the safest option for your senior, she’ll start to come around.

If you are considering Home Care Services in Galion OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.