Talking to a loved one about when it’s time to stop driving is a hard conversation to have. However, it’s an important one to be had. Since this topic can open a can of worms, make sure that there is a reason to suspect that your loved one may be a dangerous driver. Below are some signs to look out for.
- Decreasing confidence while driving.
- Delayed reactions to situations.
- New dents or scrapes on the car.
- Driving at inappropriate speeds for road conditions.
- Frequently hitting curbs when making turns or backing up.
- Not wanting to drive at night.
- Changes in driving behaviour. Ex: Becoming more of an aggressive driver.
- Becoming drowsy behind the wheel often.
- Increasing complaints of vision problems.
Having one of these issues alone may not be enough to indicate that the person is now a danger on the road. Having multiple, though, is cause for concern. Remember, just because someone is older, that does not mean he or she is automatically a dangerous driver. Plenty of retirees are capable drivers well into their 80s and even early 90s. Make sure first that you are not letting their age make you biased when examining their driving behaviours.
Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care
Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.
Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.
Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.
If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.