Talking to Family About Giving Up Driving

Talking to an aging parent about giving up their car keys is almost always difficult. Cars represent more than just transportation. They also represent independence and even a feeling of competence.

But if a person lives long enough, there comes a time when it is no longer safe to be behind the wheel.

The best advice for seniors and their families may be to commit to a gradual increase in the limitations on driving. For example, restricting driving to daylight hours and/or staying off busy highways. Eventually, driving may need to be limited to neighborhood streets.

When that time comes, it is good to know that transportation for shopping and doctor visits, etc. is one of the services provided by Seniors Helping Seniors®.

We offer many kinds of in-home assistance, including meal preparation and light housekeeping, medication reminders, and other kinds of non-medical assistance. For many clients, just getting regular visits from someone near their own age is the most important thing Seniors Helping Seniors can do to add to the quality of their lives.

If you know a senior who could use help, give us a call at 303-990-4561. We can help you assess your needs—or the needs of a senior parent—and offer advice for improving the quality and safety of their life.