The ability to drive is something that many of us take for granted most of our lives. When the time comes that we may have to retire from driving, it is a major life transition that takes an emotional toll on oneself and the people around them. To understand what it means to give up driving, it’s important to understand what driving means to an individual.
We all have important things to do and places to go; family events, work, doctor’s appointments or the grocery store. These mundane tasks take a huge impact on an individual that can no longer carry them out as simply as they once did. However, every situation is different, and sometimes the family of the senior may feel relieved that they have given up driving. Some challenges that arise from a senior no longer able to drive are:
It is evident that seniors and their families are not always about to see eye-to-eye about whether that older adult should continue to drive or not. Here are some strategies to help get everyone in the family on the same page:
Remember, the transportation services of a Home Instead CAREGiver can drastically help seniors who are no longer driving!