Whether your father is in his 70s, 80s, or 90s, he might still be behind the wheel. That may cause you some stress and anxiety. You think about him driving down the street and wonder if he is truly safe. You’ve been in the car with him and everything seems okay, but every once in a while there seems to be a moment when he is slow to react, isn’t quite sure what he’s doing, or makes bad decision.
It’s not as easy to try and encourage an elderly parent to give up their license to drive, but if you notice your father is not as safe as he should be when behind the wheel, then this is exactly what you may need to do. Here are three signs your father might have safety issues when out driving.
Potential Sign #1: He’s been involved in minor mishaps.
It could be a fender bender, running into a sign, or scraping along the wall. Whatever it is, if there’s a tendency for your father to have these close calls or little mishaps, it’s probably symptomatic of bigger concerns.
He might be nervous. He might have poor judgment. His vision may not be as acute as it needs to be in order to keep him safe.
Potential Sign #2: He’s slow to react.
If your father is showing signs of being slow to react to certain stimuli, such as a traffic light, a vehicle far off in the distance coming to a quick stop, or a pedestrian who suddenly runs out in front of him, what’s going to happen if he takes too long to react to these things in the future?
If your father is reacting slow to other things, even when he’s not driving, that can also translate to when he’s behind the wheel.
Potential Sign #3: He gets very nervous.
If your father seems extremely nervous when behind the wheel, as though he doesn’t really want to do this anymore, he might feel as though he has no other option. Sure, you may live close enough where you can take him to the store or to a doctor’s appointment when he has one, but he might feel that giving up his driver’s license is a sign of losing independence.
There are many other options that can keep him safe, including relying on a home care aide. He can have a caregiver working with him for just two hours a couple of days a week. That individual might be able to help him run these errands and still feel independent while being safe.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Cherry Hill, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.