One of the issues that you’re likely to encounter with an aging adult occurs when you start to worry about how safe she is to continue to drive. In fact, that conversation may turn into more than one argument before you arrive at a solution.
Switching to Occasionally Driving Can Help
If your senior only has difficulty driving during specific circumstances, such as when it’s dark or when there is a lot of traffic, this can help you to set some boundaries with her driving. Encouraging her to drive when it’s safest for her to do so lets her know that you’re not trying to keep her from driving but trying to keep her safe.
Find Alternatives to Driving
Once you establish some boundaries with driving, you can start to find solutions for when it’s not a good idea for your senior to be driving. Hire senior care providers or investigate public transportation options to start. Your elderly family member can give each of these options a trial run to sort out how she feels about them.
Make Sure those Alternatives Work Well
Some of these alternatives are going to work better than others do. For example, public transportation options can be tricky because they often require your elderly family member to make an appointment in advance. This isn’t always convenient, especially if she needs to run errands or be more spontaneous. This is where another option, such as having senior care providers available for transportation, can be far more workable for your aging adult’s lifestyle.
Try to Avoid Using Ultimatums
Once you start using ultimatums with your aging adult, you let her know that you’re in for a fight. The main problem with this is that you’re setting up a situation in which you’re telling her that if she does drive, then some terrible consequence is going to go into effect. You’ll have to live up to that and it’s possible you don’t really mean it. Ultimatums are a very last resort, if even then.
Do what you can to see the situation from your senior’s point of view. That can help you to find solutions that work for both of you.
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