What Can You Do if Your Aging Adult Insists She’s Okay to Drive?

No matter how you feel about your aging adult’s ability to drive, she might have a different perspective. In fact, she might insist that she’s perfectly fine to drive. So now what?

Home Care Services Canandaigua NY - What Can You Do if Your Aging Adult Insists She's Okay to Drive?

Home Care Services Canandaigua NY – What Can You Do if Your Aging Adult Insists She’s Okay to Drive?

Bring in Her Doctor

Your elderly family member’s doctor is one of your first resources if you’re trying to convince her to hang up her keys. Talk with her doctor about whether or not she’s okay to drive. There may be a variety of factors to consider and her doctor has a handle on most of them based on the treatment she’s already receiving. Some additional testing might come in handy, though.

Have Some Tests Performed

While there’s no specific medical test that can keep your elderly family member out of the driver’s seat, there are a combination of tests that might do it. Testing your aging family member’s ability to reason, her reflexes, and her vision are all important to determining whether she can continue to drive or not. There may be other tests that are important, too, so ask her doctor about those.

Get an Independent Driving Evaluation

Another way to determine if now is the time to stop driving is for your aging adult to take an independent driving evaluation. Many driving schools and even some DMV offices have an expert in driving evaluations who can ride with your elderly family member and determine if she should continue to drive. In some areas, drivers might be put on a type of probation for a period of time. Talk to the Department of Motor Vehicles to find out the options available to you.

Stick to Your Guns, But Be Compassionate

If you truly have reason to believe that your elderly family member shouldn’t be driving any longer, don’t waffle about it. Stick to your guns, but don’t make her feel bad about this. Instead of blaming her for being unable to drive any longer, make this about her health. What you’re really concerned about is her safety, so that’s where the focus needs to be.

Make sure  that your aging adult has other options available, even if she insists she doesn’t need them. Home care services providers, local agencies that help the elderly, and even neighbors can all come in handy.

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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)