caregiver (cg) is concerned about discussing driving with the Care recipient (cr)

Try: The cr cr’s driving ability can often be a sensitive issue to discuss a driver’s license signifies more than the ability to drive a car; it is often a last sign of independence some crs may be aware of their reduced ability but may still be reluctant to give up driving completely the following suggestions may help you in this discussion be respectful for many crs driving is an integral part of independence many crs have fond memories of driving at the same time don’t be intimidated or back down if a legitimate concern exists give specific examples about driving it’s easier for the cr to ignore generalizations about his or her driving providing specific examples that document your concerns will help you make your point find strength in numbers if more than one family member or friend has noticed unsafe driving and discussed this with the cr the issue will probably be taken more seriously by the cr the cr may also be more willing to listen to an impartial third party such as a doctor or driving specialist help find alternatives the cr may be so used to driving that he or she has not considered alternatives try to assist the cr in locating other options that may work understand how difficult this is for the cr the cr will likely experience a profound sense of loss when giving up driving recognize and acknowledge the cr’s feelings and try to help with the transition as much as possible

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Categories: Communication, Emotional Psychological, Maintenance, Medical Physical, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, So-So Vision, Poor Vision, So-So Hearing, Poor Hearing, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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References: Adapted from the internet website www helpguide org

Keywords: Driving car

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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