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Dementia Care: When Driving Isn’t Safe Anymore

Dementia Care: When Driving Isn’t Safe Anymore

When someone we love gets diagnosed with dementia, there will be many aspects of their lives that get limited by and by. One of these important aspects is driving. Here in our country, we attribute a lot of strengths and advantages for ourselves when we can drive. So imagine the emotional distress it can bring when you tell your loved one that driving is already unsafe for them.

Yet, it is still important that your loved one can stop driving especially as their illness continues to progress. Later on, their forgetfulness aggravates and they may figure into undesired accidents. Aside from intentionally dissuading them from driving, here are other ways to help them smoothly transition from not being able to drive any longer.

  • Offer to Drive
    When you volunteer yourself to drive for them, it can help them feel that you are always looking out for their safety. Driving for your loved one can also open more opportunities to spend more time with them. Also, when you’re unavailable to transport them, respite care providers can step in for you.
  • Arrange for Friends
    Aside from you and professional care providers, you can also make advanced arrangements with your loved one’s friends. Being with people they already know can help them feel relaxed when they are traveling. However, this can be ideal when your loved one is still in the early or middle stage of their dementia.
  • Ensure Rides to Routine Errands
    In our rest home in Worcester, Massachusetts, we put important consideration in following daily routines. We know that routines are important for the maintenance of their overall wellbeing. So for your loved one, ensure that their routine errands can still be carried out even when they are no longer driving. Provide them with the assistance they need in traveling.
  • Secure a Transportation Provider
    It can also be helpful that you keep a contact number of some transportation service providers in your location. Some companies provide transportation services for people who will need traveling accommodation on non-medical related affairs. When your senior loved one needs this special ride, especially if they are in a wheelchair, then having a reliable and comfortable ride can be a comforting option.
  • Consider their Feelings
    As much as possible, be sensitive with how your loved one feels. They could already be feeling low because of their dementia. Not being able to drive can add up to their emotional low. So when you arrange for them their transportation options, ensure that you put consideration of their feelings.

At Donna Kay Rest Home, a trusted provider of senior care in Massachusetts, you can trust us to aid you in caring for a loved one with dementia. If their care needs have reached a point when personal capacity is already stretched to the limit, don’t hesitate to refer your loved one to our care.

If you would like to ask further about our services, contact us!

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