Your elderly family member may not see it at the moment, but no longer being a driver can have some true benefits for them. If they’re unsure what those benefits might be, try running through a few of these ideas with them.
It’s Far Less Stressful
Having a car and driving regularly can be extremely stressful, especially if your elderly family member isn’t exactly comfortable behind the wheel. In that case, giving up driving can remove quite a bit of stress from their daily life.
Walking More Might Be a Good Option
If your elderly family member has local stores and other places that they like to visit that are within safe walking distance, they may find that walking helps them. They can start to get more exercise and can still go where they wants to. This is only an option if your elderly family member has safe walking areas and it’s a good idea for them personally.
They Can Save Money
The upkeep on a vehicle can be extremely expensive – with fuel, insurance, maintenance and repairs. Add parking tickets to the mix and your elderly family member might be saving an amazing amount of money by no longer having a vehicle. Do the sums with your elderly family member and help them to see just how much money they’re paying in order to stay behind the wheel.
Car Sharing Is a Great Time for Bonding
Having other options for rides, whether that’s with you or other family members, might mean that they can see some people more often. Riding together to run errands or do other things can be a real bonding experience. Likewise, having home care providers who can take them where they need to go gives them a chance to get to know them better, too.
Even if your elderly family member doesn’t currently see the benefits of no longer driving, it’s possible that they will as a little more time passes.
The team at CuraCare is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. CuraCare is a home care provider delivering quality and affordable home care in Twickenham and the surrounding areas. Call our friendly and helpful team on 020 8892 9222 for more information.