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Is There a Definitive Way to Tell that Your Senior Needs to Stop Driving?

Determining when your senior should stop driving is not an exact science, but there are some clues that you can use. See if any of these are happening with your senior now.

Elder Care Petaluma: Ways to Tell Your Senior Should Stop Driving

Elder Care in Petaluma CA: Ways to Tell Your Senior Should Stop Driving

She Tells You She’s Ready to Stop Driving.

It’s rare, but your elderly family member may actually tell you that she’s ready to stop driving. She may feel that she’s uncomfortable behind the wheel or that she’s physically just not able to keep driving. If you suspect that it might be time for your senior to stop driving, see if she’ll talk to you about how she feels.

She Seems to Be Less Confident Behind the Wheel.

When a driver feels confident behind the wheel, there’s not a lot that can rattle them. As your senior experiences changes in her physical and mental health, though, she may start to feel less confident about driving and the decisions she makes while driving. This can be apparent when you watch her, even from outside the car. She might be driving slower than usual or appearing as if she’s lost.

She’s Distracted When She Drives.

If you do ride along with your aging adult, be sure to pay attention to what she’s doing. A driver who is distracted is dangerous to both the people with her in the car and to other drivers and pedestrians. You might watch for whether she’s playing with the radio, whether she’s using her mirrors, and whether she seems to be aware of what’s around her.

Her Car Is Looking a Little Worse than it Should.

When you look at your senior’s car, are there more dents, dings, and wounds on it than there realistically should be? This might be more obvious if your senior has always kept her car in good condition. If you haven’t kept tabs on this sort of thing, start making it a point to give her car a thorough examination once a week or so.

She Won’t Let Anyone Ride with Her.

Some aging adults get nervous about allowing anyone to ride with them. For some, this is about worrying about passenger safety. But for others, it’s about keeping you from noticing that her driving skills are not what they used to be. How your senior responds to your request to ride with her can tell you quite a bit.

When it is finally time for your senior to stop driving, make sure that she has alternative transportation. Elder care providers make excellent replacement drivers for your aging adult because they can handle so many other tasks, too, while being ready to go at any time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Petaluma, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.