A Driving Solution – Help For Families of Seniors With Alzheimer’s in San Diego County

Elders with Alzheimers or dementia can forget not to drive in San Diego CountyThe onset of Alzheimer’s disease brings with it many difficult challenges for those providing senior help in San Diego County. As each individual experiences increasing effects of Alzheimer’s, it becomes necessary to limit many activities that can put the individual or those around him in danger.

Driving is one of the most prominent of these activities, and convincing an elderly parent that he or she should stop driving is often a very difficult task. Even if a person understands and agrees that he should no longer be driving, Alzheimer’s or dementia can cause him to forget and start the car anyway.

Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s in San Diego County can be difficult for the entire family, but there are a few simple tools available that can help the process along. If a loved one must be prevented from driving a vehicle in order to keep them and other drivers safe, a new product offers an unobtrusive but foolproof way of keeping the car in the garage and off the road.

The No Start car battery switch attaches to the negative terminal of a car battery and blocks the battery’s power from starting the engine even when the key is turned in the ignition. One touch of convenience is that using the switch does not cause the clock and radio settings to be reset, as they would if the battery were disconnected altogether.

The No Start car battery switch is more reliable than simply trusting an elderly loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to remember not to drive the car. After all, driving is an activity that we engage in nearly every day, and one of the hardest tasks in senior help in San Diego County is convincing a loved one that it is time to stop going out alone. With the simple turn of a dial, this switch can ensure that your family member remains safely at home. Another turn disengages the switch and the car can be operated normally. The switch is built for use only with standard gasoline engines, but a model for electric or flex engines may be available soon.

At under twenty dollars and available online from a number of different vendors, this gadget is ideal for senior help in San Diego County in the home of a senior dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia. As your loved one is gently reminded that he or she needs more help traveling than in the past, attempting to drive will hopefully become less frequent and will not result in dangerous situations on the road. The No Start car battery switch can be obtained at The Alzheimer’s Store.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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