For many of us, driving is a right of passage and a large part of becoming an adult. For seniors who have to give up their keys, it can feel like they are giving up their independence. The discussion about giving up driving is a hard one for the senior and their loved ones. It can be even harder when the senior no longer has the cognitive ability to drive or make the rational decision to stop. In our 20 years of senior living experience, we have picked up a few pieces of wisdom we’d like to share. Here are our top tips to make this undoubtedly difficult conversation a little easier.
Many families begin their search for assisted living after a traumatic situation that leaves their loved one unable to live independently. It can be a stressful time for everyone as finances, care, and accommodations must be sorted out quickly. A senior can feel like their wings are being clipped as cars and homes are sold or Power of Attorney forms are signed. During these times it’s important to keep things simple.