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How Can a Senior’s Driving Ability Impact Safety?

Senior Home Safety in Memorial TX

Every so often in the news we see a story about an elderly driver who lost control of the vehicle and caused an accident, either running into pedestrians, into a building, or creating some other dangerous situation. Yes, drivers of all ages are involved in accidents daily, but when a senior is involved, many people immediately assume they shouldn’t have been behind the wheel in the first place.

What is it about the elderly and driving that causes such concern?

As people get older, their physical abilities begin to diminish. They lose strength, but they also slow down with regard to physical reactions. In their mind, they may be confused about a turn coming up, hit the accelerator when they meant to hit the break, and while they are processing that, their body is slow to make the connection.

Senior Home Safety in Memorial TX

Senior Home Safety in Memorial TX

In other words, their physical capabilities don’t keep up with their mental processing. That may be part of the problem. When discussing safety for any senior, whether they live at home, or with friends and family, it’s important to talk about driving.

Some states require seniors to take and pass tests annually.

That’s not the case in every state, but for those states that have this requirement, it may become more difficult each year for the senior to retain his or her driver’s license. For those that may only be required to take a vision test every few years, what can be done to keep them and others on the road safe?

Discuss safety with the senior directly.

Many family members have a tendency to discuss these issues among themselves, talking about their aging parent, grandparent, or other loved one. They talk about issues, concerns they have, and maybe even an accident that they were involved in recently.

The best thing to do is sit down and have an honest discussion with the senior directly. Talk about your concerns. Discuss incidences that may have occurred recently. Get their impression on the situation.

Some seniors feel extremely uncomfortable behind the wheel, but are reluctant to say or do anything about it because, in America, independence is directly related to a person’s ability to drive and get around town on their own.

If they have other options available to them, whether it’s with the support and assistance of an experienced home care aide who also offers transportation, family and friends willing to drive them wherever they need to go, or public transportation is readily accessible, they may be more willing to step away from the driver’s side part of the car, thus keeping themselves and others safer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Memorial, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.

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Sid Gerber

Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 22 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs.

In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).

During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.

He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.

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