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Private Home Care Helps Senior Drivers In Shelton, CT

Aug 9, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Find out how private home care helps senior drivers in Shelton, CT and can provide transportation when driving is no longer possible

In most parts of the United States, a driver's license is linked to freedom, independence, and quality of life. It is no wonder, then, that many seniors panic when confronted with the possibility of hanging up or turning over their keys. While the Insurance Information Institute notes that "Older drivers are keeping their licenses longer and driving more miles than ever before", they also found "The high fatality rates of this age group reflect the fact that older drivers are more easily injured than younger people and are more apt to have medical complications and die of those injuries." The good news is that there are ways for older drivers to increase their safety behind the wheel. Consider these tips from Comfort Keepers private home care:

  1. Maintain health. Drivers need to be able to see, hear, maintain proper posture, and turn to both directions without impairment. Annual vision and hearing checks can help seniors discover visual or auditory problems before they become severe. Further, simple remedies like glasses or hearing aids can successfully address many hearing or vision issues. Regular exercise can help seniors maintain the strength and flexibility they need to safely drive. Yoga and Tai Chi are two excellent choices for addressing both in a single session.
  2. Consider limitations. Many seniors have not trouble driving during the day but do not do so well at night. Others require frequent breaks to stretch or go to the bathroom. Sometimes medications may impact a senior's ability to drive safely for a time. By understanding and planning for limitations, seniors can avoid situations that will place them in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.
  3. Upgrade the vehicle. Seniors, on average, drive vehicles that have been with them for some time. A more modern vehicle will add many advanced safety features such as back-up and lane change cameras, proximity sensors, traction and stability control, voice-activated commands, high-powered headlights, moisture activated windshield wipers, advanced airbag protection, and multi-position seats and steering wheels.

Even if a senior does lose their license, with Comfort Keepers private home care support all is not lost. Comfort Keepers may be best known for their extensive range of homemaking and personal care supports, but they also offer help with errands, shopping assistance, and safe local transportation. With Comfort Keepers, there is no reason that the loss of a driver's license needs to impact a senior's freedom, independence, or quality of life.

For more information on senior driving or the many ways Comfort Keepers private home care can maximize the quality of your senior loved one's elder years, contact a senior home care coordinator today.

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