This week in December Older Driver Safety Awareness is being observed, placing an emphasis on the importance of safe driving and how aging can affect one’s ability to safely do so. Aging impacts key factors that play a vital role in being able to get behind the wheel. Sensory abilities, movement/range of motion and reaction time can weaken as the years go by, making operating a vehicle more difficult. Some health conditions may make performing this task less safe as well. Taking certain medications can also interfere, leading to hindrances in driving ability. All drivers must meet state requirements in order to maintain their license, and sometimes there are ways to maintain one despite challenges. In some cases, however, driving may not be recommended, or allowed, when requirements are unable to be met.
Safety is a top priority here at Aqua Home Care. For those who are facing limitations due to aging or other factors, in-home care is a beneficial option that allows individuals to receive care services while staying in familiar surroundings. Our team refers trusted caregivers from our registry to those seeking support at home and, along with tending to personal needs, transportation is a service that can be arranged. This allows caregivers to help their clients continue to do many of the things they are used to doing all while in the care of a trained professional. Running errands, grocery shopping, doctor’s visits and more are made easier with a reliable caregiver who will drive and accompany their client.
When it comes to traveling safely, it is important to report any concerns you may have for yourself or for your loved one. A doctor may be able to help avoid loss of driving privileges by proactively treating conditions that can affect driving ability. Aging can impact abilities needed to drive efficiently, and it is imperative to be mindful of any changes that can make it unsafe for you or others to get behind the wheel. The Department of Motor Vehicles will determine eligibility for license renewal. For those who may not require daily living care but are unable to drive, there are options. Public transportation or other reliable transportation services are used by many who, for one reason or another, are not able to operate a vehicle.
Remember, it is important for the safety of all drivers and their passengers to avoid driving under any circumstances that would deem you unable to drive safely. Seeking care from your doctor may help. Whether driving near or far, we at Aqua Home Care would like to wish everyone safe travels now and always.