The decision to talk with your parents or a loved one about whether or not they should be driving is a conversation that's often met with resistance and can be difficult to bring up in a conversation. This article will share some warning signs that it might be time to consider taking a loved one’s car keys away. Please stay up to date with our blog as we will be following up with tips on how to approach this delicate subject.
The following are 5 warning signs that it might be time to take away the keys away, and may help provide you with talking points that you can use when you do approach this conversation:
- Vision changes or eye problems – Is your loved one squinting more? Have they started to ask you to read things for them, or are they not responding to mail or email like they used to? It’s possible that your loved one may be going through vision changes and may need to be assessed by their eye doctor
- Delayed reactions – The next time you go with your Mom or Dad to an appointment, consider letting them drive to see how their reaction time is. This has been a hot topic recently with the increase in technology use and other drivers not paying full attention to what they’re doing
- Getting lost – This should be an immediate red flag that it may be time to take the keys away. Often times we travel to places we frequently visit, so getting lost isn’t something expected. If your parent or loved one is getting lost while driving to a routine place this may indicate a need for further assessment
- Fender benders –
- Physical changes or Alzheimer’s/dementia diagnosis – If your parent or loved one has a significant change in their physical condition or cognition this could prevent them from being fully capable of driving in a responsible manner. Monitor them for physical and cognitive changes to assess whether or not it’s safe enough for them to drive
These warning signs are just a few reasons that it may be time to begin planning your discussion. In future posts we will provide tips on how to approach this discussion gently and respectfully. For more information please contact us.
Written collectively by our team: Paulette, Barbara, Julia, and Brooke.