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Is It Time to Have the Conversation with Your Parents About Driving?

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​​​​When your parents turned 16 they had a whole new world open up to them. They were given a freedom and responsibility that changed their lives. However, a few decades later their reaction time and motor skills are probably not as sharp anymore, but the same freedom they felt when they were 16 still remains.

Maybe they are a perfectly safe driver. Perhaps they are not. How can you tell?

The first step is having a conversation, unfortunately research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, revealed that most families aren’t having this talk. While almost a third (31%) of seniors surveyed said a recommendation from family or friends may make them reconsider driving, we found that 95% of seniors aren’t having these conversations.

Home Instead Senior Care wants to help

Please check our new resource site to find resources on how to start the conversation, identify what issues exist and a Safe Driving Planner that can give you information and actionable steps for different situations.

You could also give us a call to talk to one of our Homecare specialists at 905-463-0860​

Some of Our Key Findings

Home Instead surveyed 600 seniors across US and Canada to identify their perceptions about them not driving anymore.

  • The majority of surveyed seniors are still active on the road
  • 90% of seniors rely on driving for independence and the freedom to do what they want, when they want
  • When seniors no longer feel confident on the road, they self-limit or decrease their driving gradually
  • However, no one is talking to seniors about driving
    • 95% have not had conversations with loved ones about their driving
    • 31% say that a recommendation from a friend or family member may make them reconsider driving


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