One of the most difficult transitions for many seniors is giving up the keys to their vehicles and depending on others for their transportation needs. In last week’s blog posts, we talked about how access to transportation can affect a senior’s overall wellbeing – highlighting the importance of a senior citizen’s ability to get around to social events, medical appointments and more.
In a recent article published in the Beaumont Enterprise, seniors taking pre-emptive action to maintain the ability to drive were highlighted. At the Best Years Senior Center in Beaumont, Texas, senior citizens have been participating in AARP-led courses on defensive driving. While in prior generations drivers were typically more cautious and courteous, the course allows seniors to talk about the issues they see on the road today, while instructors offer defensive driving tips to allow for safe vehicle operation at any age.
With most class participants in the 80-90 year old age group, class-goers typically receive a reduction on their insurance premium as well as a gauge for their level of comfort and ability to keep driving.
Home Care Software Helps Keep Seniors Mobile
Both seniors who continue to drive, as well as those who no longer are comfortable behind the wheel, can benefit from the companionship of a caregiver from a home care agency using a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare Online.
Driving seniors may benefit from having someone with them to assist with groceries or other errands, and feel more comfortable around town with a companion. Home care software, or a home care system such as ClearCare Online, can help seniors schedule shifts with a reputable home care agency who can provide well screened and trained companion caregivers.
Likewise, senior who need assistance with transportation can be paired with a caregiver capable of driving via matching capabilities within ClearCare Online’s home care software and home care system. Often, the capabilities of a home care system can also help agencies match caregivers with reliable cars to senior clients who no longer have a vehicle – ensuring that caregivers selected for a client meet the care needs.
Driving is a show of independence at 16 and at 86. With training, honest assessments of ability and the help of a caregiver from a private duty agency using a robust home care software or home care system to manage their operations, seniors can stay mobile at any age whether they find themselves behind the wheel or enjoying the ride from the passenger seat.