Pay Attention to Your Parents’ Driving this Holiday Season

When you haven’t seen your parents in a while, as is all too common right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it might take you by surprise to see how they have changed. While some changes are positive, like the new hobby that they picked up, others can be a little alarming, like a decline in their driving abilities. As we enter the holiday season, look for ways to check up on your parents’ driving skills.

How Can You Tell If Something Might Be Wrong?

First, it’s important to not make your loved one feel self-conscious and like you think something is wrong. Ask them to drive you to the store, your old school, the bank or a family landmark. Along the way, look out for any of these potential driving issues:

  • Driving too fast or too slow for the road or weather conditions
  • Getting lost on the way to a familiar place or when driving on familiar roads
  • Having issues turning or parking
  • Receiving multiple tickets or having multiple recent car collisions
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Having sudden scratches and dents on the vehicle since the last time you saw it
  • Using lanes or turn signals improperly
  • Dangerous mistakes, like confusing the gas and brake pedals

How Can You Start a Conversation?

This is a very sensitive subject for many seniors, so always focus on how they are putting themselves at an increased risk. When you frame it as putting themselves in danger due to other drivers, the conversation can shift the blame off of them and make it easier to cope with driving less or ceasing driving altogether.

Maryland’s Resource Guide for Aging Drivers

Before approaching the driving conversation you may want to check out this free online resource guide offered by the Maryland Department of Transportation for helpful tips and suggestions.

Keep Your Parents Safe on the Road with Senior Care Lifestyles

Senior Care Lifestyles specializes in connecting seniors and families with local Maryland resources and navigates them through all care options and costs to find the perfect match for in-home care, assisted living, or a continuous care retirement community that meets their unique care needs, location and budget. We have helped hundreds of clients and we treat each senior as a valued member of our own family deserving our personalized attention, compassion and respect. 

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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