How to Deal with a Parent who Refuses to Listen: Elderly Care and Driving in Caldwell, NJ

Elderly Care in Caldwell, NJMost seniors equate independence with driving. The idea of having to relinquish the keys to their car is unthinkable and if left up to them they probably never would. However, is it safe for an elderly senior and others on the road for them to be driving? Elderly care and driving is an important subject that may require several conversations but how do you deal with a person who refuses to listen?

Many times family members don’t want to be the bad guy by suggesting a loved one give up driving but safety should always come first. How do you even know when it’s time to approach the subject? Answers to the following questions will reveal whether or not you should be concerned with an elder who drives.

  • Are there new scratches or dents on the care?
  • Does the senior get lost on routes that should be familiar?
  • Does the senior speed up or drive too slow for no reason?
  • Does your loved one have an illness or health condition that may affect his or her driving skills?
  • Was the senior advised by the doctor to limit or stop driving for health reasons?
  • Is your loved one taking medication that might alter their ability to drive safely?
  • Have they received a ticket for a recent traffic violation?

An office test done by the primary care physician can determine if it is unsafe for an elderly person to drive. There are also centers devoted to testing seniors to see if it is safe for them to be driving.

As an elderly care provider, the main responsibility to your loved one is to keep them safe. You also don’t want the risk of injury to come to other people on the road just to keep your loved one from getting upset with you. Try to get your loved one to agree that it is not only unsafe for them but for others as well. Surely, the thought of possibly causing harm to someone else may get them to stop and think and do the right thing. It might also help to get confirmation from a test at the doctor’s office or a center that can definitively declare is unsafe for a person to drive.

If they are still not willing to give up driving, then you will have to take a different course of action.

  • Hide the car keys
  • Make the car inoperable
  • Remove the car from the home

Sometimes elderly care requires a bit of tough love. There is no need to feel guilty for doing the right thing. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.
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