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Driving | Management Strategies

  1. Try to find ways to reduce the person's need to drive. Look into programs that deliver groceries, medicines and meals in your area.

  2. It is helpful to offer alternative means of transportation so that the person you care for does not feel like they have lost their independence. Have a list of family members and friends that the person you care for can call for a drive. Have taxi service numbers posted by the phone or look into transportation services for older adults. Make sure that the person is aware that they need not feel isolated or trapped because they can no longer drive.

  3. If the person you care for wishes to drive, but you feel it is unsafe, try and find ways to distract them. Offer them food or initiate a different activity.

  4. Avoid leaving car keys in the open which may trigger a desire to drive. It is best to keep car keys in a place that is inaccessible to the person you care for, to prevent them from taking the car without you knowing.

  5. If the person you care for is able to drive safely, but you still are concerned, limit their driving to daytime, good weather and to familiar routes.

  6. If driving has become an unsafe action, and the person you care for continues to attempt to drive, you can disable the car or keep the car keys where they cannot be found.

  7. If the person you care for has difficulty accepting the loss of their driving ability, ask their doctor to intervene. They might accept the news better from a person in a position of authority.



See Also:
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Independence
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Decision Making
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Attention/Concentration (lack of)
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