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When it’s Time for your Parent to Relinquish Their Driver’s License

Senior Care Middletown DE

Senior Care Middletown DE

Senior Care Middletown DEIf your senior parent is at the point of losing their ability to drive, they have already faced many milestones in the never-ending changes that aging brings. Loss of independence is one of the hardest to face, leaving this particular loss one of the most difficult to confront and accept. As a caregiver, you feel it is your responsibility, but knowing when and how to bring up this charged issue is essential to a successful discussion of this important topic.

Who and When

If it’s clear that your parent can no longer drive safely, now is the time to address this issue. Their doctor or ophthalmologist may be the one to bring up the topic due to medical reasons or vision impairment. If so, let them discuss this situation. When heard from an authority figure, letting go is usually easier, although still very difficult to accept. If, on the other hand, recent dings in the car and personal observations have led you to this conclusion, your parent is likely to hold a very different opinion.

Make sure you have plenty of time to discuss this topic before bringing it up. Sit down over a drink or a glass of lemonade and begin the conversation with a question. “How are you feeling behind the wheel, dad?” If you are lucky, your parent will have also noticed their diminishing driving abilities and are continuing only because they know no other way to obtain the needed transportation that ensures an independent lifestyle. If you’re unlucky, your parent feels they are on top of the driving game and a long way from giving up their driving privileges.

The Decision to Not Give up the Keys

If your parent has decided they are not, under any terms, giving up their driver’s license, you will have to make some difficult decisions. It is apparent there is not a medical or eyesight concern, or the corresponding medical experts would have already taken the lead. If your concern is valid and not just fear based, you can talk to the local Department of Motor Vehicles who will, in most cases if your points are valid, ask your parent to come in for a vision test and a driver’s test. Again, you must have proof of your concerns. Driving privileges cannot be revoked unless there is a valid reason. Be sure you have taken a close look at your concerns and that they are legitimate.

If Revoked

If their license has been revoked, be sure to share all the transportation options available to them. They are probably not aware of how many there really are. If possible, be sure to include yourself as a caregiver and other friends and family members as able and willing to provide transportation.

A senior home care provider is also available for transportation, as well as light housekeeping, assistance with daily activities and meal preparation. Most communities offer volunteer driving services designed for seniors. Others provide paratransit services that use a small bus or vehicle and are designed for use with seniors at a discounted cost. The public transportation service normally offers a senior rate as well.

If you or an aging loved one are thinking about hiring help for Senior Care Services in Middletown DE, please contact the caring staff at Macklyn Home Care. Call today! 302-691-3217.

Krista Gaul, Executive Director

Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care
Krista is the Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care. At Macklyn Home Care, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to individuals who wish to remain independent in their own home; and community for as long as possible.

You can trust us to deliver an uncompromising level of personal care with gentleness and compassion. We’re there when you need us! Whether it’s for just ONE HOUR a day or 24/7. Just give us a call and we will be there.
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