Is your elderly loved one a good driver? With age comes many physical and mental challenges to staying safe on the road behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. As a family caregiver, it’s a good idea to frequently evaluate how they are doing and whether they are using good judgement when driving.
Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s an excellent time to review good habits and encourage your aging relative to reduce or eliminate distractions while driving.
What is Distracted ...
Your mom still drives. Have you had her car winterized? Now's the time to get her car ready for winter driving. Here are the things you should focus on.
Have the Battery Tested.
Check the battery and its terminals. You don't want it to drain on a bitterly cold night and have your mom unable to start her car. See if the battery is holding a charge. If not, replace it.
Get a Mechanic to Check All Belts and Hoses.
Over time, belts and hoses ...
It's a wonderful thing to know that your senior is ready to come home from the hospital, but there are risks, too. If you're not sure what to expect from this experience, you may need to do some research before your senior is actually discharged. The more that you know ahead of time, the better for both of you.
Watch for the Danger Signs.
Before your senior's doctor discharges her, there is likely to be a long conversation about what signs mean that ...
Your dad's medication information should be organized and made accessible to anyone with medical power of attorney. Your dad's doctor, dentist, and any other specialists may need exact information during an appointment. It's important to have a list ready to go.
In terms of medication information, you need to know prescription medications, over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements. If your dad likes a medicinal tea, it must be included. Herbs and over-the-counter pills may conflict with treatments doctors want to use. ...