Recent studies have confirmed that older drivers are much more likely than any other drivers to be in car accidents.
A few states are now requiring driving tests for older people or for men and women who have been in three or more wrecks in one year, mandatory. This is because older drivers are more prone to either being injured or killed. Statistics show, the elderly are more often in hazardous or fatal wrecks than any other ages. The only sensible way to efficiently ensure that the unsafe drivers are off the roads is for them to be obligated to take a test to see who should and who shouldn’t be driving. A few see this as inequity, while other folks see it as a reassurance and a way to know that their loved one will be safe while on the road. Many people, especially those with older family members, are already mindful of the probable dangers.
A great option for keeping your aging parent or loved one safe is to use a Home care agency that provides transportation. Home care agencies not only supply transportation but more to the point they provide the prospect for men and women to keep their independence. This also avoids seclusion and assists them to continue to get around to their own doctor appointments as well as run their own errands.
You will discover a number of different ways to find out how to get assistance in your community. Call your local Area Agency on Aging. If they do not offer transportation, they can help you find more information in order to find someone who does. There are also door-to-door services in most areas and driver volunteers. The door-to-door service do require you to call and give them notice on what your plans are but this may offer the most overall flexibility.
However, if you are interested in paying a fee for each designated stop you should ask about a fixed route. The fees charged are discounted at senior citizen rates and in some cases are actually free. The option available with driver volunteers usually is a great option for people who need to be taken to a specific place at certain times such as doctor appointments or senior centers. For more information you can call the National Transit Hotline Toll Free at 1-800-527-8279, they can provide you with a list of local Home care agencies that can help you find the right alternative to fit your specific needs.
Home care in Aurora counselors at Safe at Home Healthcare are available to talk with you about your in-home care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care, including live-in care. We are an elder care agency providing Home care in Aurora.