May 18, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
When you're a caregiver, you sometimes have to use whatever you can to help your senior live her best life. In the case of driving, taking better care of herself could help her to stay in the driver's seat for a little bit longer.
She'll Need to Stay Active
Staying active, at least a little bit, helps your elderly family member to rebuild muscles that she's lost and regain flexibility that she might have thought was gone forever. When she's concentrating on moving more, your senior will have the abilities that she needs in order to maneuver her vehicle. She may need to build up her strength before she can get back to driving, but as long as her doctor clears her to exercise, she can likely do just that.
She Needs to Keep up with Vision and Hearing Tests
Ignoring hearing and vision changes can be a big problem when it comes to keeping your senior behind the wheel. She can't avoid obstacles if she can't see them and she can't hear sirens and other important traffic noises if her hearing is declining. Regular testing of these two major senses can help her to stay on the road, so if she's been avoiding them, it might be time to point this fact out to her.
Staying on Top of Chronic Health Problems Is Vital
Seizure disorders, blood pressure issues, and blood sugar issues are just a few of the chronic health issues that could be making huge problems for your senior when she drives. Keeping these health issues under control can mean that she's able to think more clearly and be physically capable of handling her vehicle. Work with her doctor to determine what she needs to do in order to have the best results possible.
Know When to Hand the Keys to Someone Else
Just because your senior wants to drive every single day, that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Also, she may need to take care of a few things on her list before she's safe to be driving. This is why having a solid backup plan in place is vital. Senior care providers can get your elderly family member where she needs to go. They can also help to ensure that she's safe and has companionship while she's out and about.
Maintaining her independence may be one of the most important aspects of your senior's life to her. If that's true, then keeping up with her health is one of the best ways for her to remain as independent as she can for as long as possible.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering senior care in Flemington, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.