4 Fears Behind Your Loved One’s Insistence to Keep Driving

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As a family caregiver you sometimes have to make some difficult and unpopular decisions. One of the most difficult can be rescinding your loved one’s driving privileges. This decision could be theCaregiver-in-Greenwood-Village-CO result of health problems or simply safety, but your loved one is likely to react with reluctance if not outright rebellion. But fear could be the emotion behind the response.

I’ll Be Alone All the Time

Your loved one values her independence, but she likely also enjoys having control over who she sees and who she visits. When you take her wheels away, she may worry that now she won’t see anyone at all. The best way for you to allay this fear is to keep in communication with your loved one. Have her let you know when she’s wanting alone time and when she’d like to be out and about. Then you aren’t guessing and she won’t have to worry that she’ll be forgotten.

I’ll Be Trapped in an Emergency

This fear has a basis in reality, of course. If your loved one were truly injured, then she likely wouldn’t be able to transport herself, but it’s still a valid fear. To help her and you rest more easily, look into a personal alarm device that she can wear. These types of devices usually have a button on a lanyard or a wrist device that can allow her to contact help if she’s in an emergency.

I Won’t Be Able to Run Errands or Go to Appointments

Your loved one has spent decades controlling her own schedule. She’s been able to run errands, make her own appointments, and travel at her leisure that whole time. Now, life is looking a bit different. There are plenty of options, though. Work with your loved one to develop a schedule for you to take her where she needs to go. If that’s not feasible for some reason, look into transportation offerings from local senior organizations or enlist the help of home care providers who can be available for your loved one.

Everyone Will Think I’m a Burden

What you and your other family members think is probably really important to your elderly loved one. She doesn’t want to be a burden to you or to anyone else in the family, so she may be hesitant to ask for help getting to appointments or rides anywhere. Make this less of a problem for your loved one and let her know you’re happy to help and that it’s not a burden. Remember how you would feel if you suddenly weren’t able to take yourself where you want to go and react accordingly.

Changes to your loved one’s driving status are a serious situation and may require a little bit of extra patience on your part.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Greenwood Village, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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