Caregiver fears Care recipient (cr) is no longer a safe driver and must prepare to present facts to cr or cr’s doctor in helpful organized way

Try: #the following is a list of driving behaviors that should be of concern if you see any of these note when they occur or when they were told to you so you can present them in a matter-of-fact way to the cr or the cr’s doctor abrupt lane changes braking or acceleration; slow reactions to changes in the road environment; close calls or more fender benders than usual; failure to use turn signals or keeping signals on without changing lanes; drifting from one lane to another; driving onto the shoulder or the wrong side of the road; appearing fearful while driving or excessively tired after driving; trouble reading signs or following directions; getting lost more than usual; appearing disoriented while driving; irritating or frustrating other drivers without noticing or understanding why; inattention to signs signals or pedestrians; missing familiar exits; showing new or unusual signs of unease or discomfort driving such as looking over the shoulder moving hands or feet or becoming irate with other drivers #when possible speak first to the cr and see if he or she will voluntarily give up driving either permanently or until the safety problems can be resolved if necessary and if you are in a position to do so report the cr’s driving difficulties to his or her doctor be specific about the problems the cr is having and the dangers posed to the cr and other people on the road the doctor can assess the cr’s safety risk and if necessary write medical orders restricting the cr’s driving until the safety issues are resolved #safety issues may be resolved through driver education or car modification tailored to a cr with a newly acquired level of disability through improved functioning or by finding alternate means of transportation the cr stops driving

Materials: Concern for safety of cr passengers and others on the road courage if necessary for a difficult conversation physician contact information for the state’s secretary of state if needed

Categories: Maintenance, Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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

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