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In-home Caregivers near Vista: Alternatives to Giving Up the Keys

With the Help of In-Home Caregivers near Vista, Some Seniors Can Keep Driving Safely

At some point, it will probably become necessary for your aging loved one to stop driving. In-home caregivers near Vista are available for transportation help when that point comes, but it might not come as quickly as you think, thanks to some devices that make driving safer for seniors. If your aging parent is mentally capable of driving but no longer has the physical strength to do so safely, you may be able to modify their vehicle at a relatively low cost to accommodate their specific needs.

Boosts and Assists

If your parent’s feet simply can’t reach the pedals comfortably, the solution might be as simple as adjusting the pedals to a higher resting position or adding specially designed extenders. Trouble seeing over the dashboard is solved just as easily—a firm driver’s seat cushion will lift the driver to just the right height. Simple attachments for the steering wheel make it less physically demanding for a senior to turn it as far as necessary, even for sharp turns. All of these modifications are very inexpensive and could well transform your loved one from an unsafe to a safe driver.

Care Providers in San Diego County Can Provide Transportation

If your loved one doesn’t have the mental sharpness to respond quickly to situations on the road, it might be time to let care providers in San Diego County do the driving. Or, your senior might no longer want the stress of driving and ask for transportation help. Never resist this kind of request out of concern for your family’s convenience—if someone expresses concern about their own driving ability, you shouldn’t push them to get back behind the wheel.

Seniors are Safe Drivers!

Believe it or not, many seniors are very safe drivers. After all, most of them have been driving for much longer than their children have, and they have seen a wide range of automotive improvements over the years. As much as some of us dislike getting stuck behind a slow elderly driver, there might be less trouble on the road if we all took a more leisurely pace. Before your senior has to stop driving altogether, check into your options to see if you can help them handle their car more easily and continue to enjoy the independence of driving.

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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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