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Driving Safety, Seniors, and Living Alone at Home

Senior Home Safety in Farmington NM

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the vast majority of automobile accidents happen within 10 miles of home. That’s because most people tend to stay close to home, Senior-Home-Safety-Farmington-NMeven when they have to go shopping, especially when they live in urban or suburban areas.

For seniors, the ability to stay safe on the road can be challenging. It could be due to poor decision-making skills, slower reactions, confusion, poor eyesight, hearing problems, and many other issues.

For seniors living at home alone, they may feel as though they would lose a tremendous amount of their independence if they lost their driver’s license or willingly surrendered it. That’s one of the major reasons why seniors continue to get behind the wheel even when they don’t quite feel as comfortable as they used to driving on the roads.

What are the other options?

There are plenty of other options for seniors, including transportation services provided by their community. Most communities throughout the United States provide some type of senior transportation services. This could be a small bus that arrives at the senior’s home to take them to doctor’s appointments, the mall, shopping stores, and other destinations and points of interest.

There are certainly cabs that can be called on, but that can be expensive. For seniors on a limited and fixed income, that may not be practical at all.

Some elderly individuals may rely on family and friends or even neighbors to give them rides every once in a while, but that can feel burdensome over time.

A great option.

Arguably one of the best options for seniors when it comes to going to the store or other destinations, even a friend’s house, is to rely on a home care aide. A caregiver who drives and works for an agency will likely be fully capable of taking the senior wherever he or she wants or needs to go while the caregiver is working.

For anyone who may have certain concerns about their loved one driving, especially if they live alone, it’s time to sit down and talk about the prospect of relying on a home care aide. That can be the difference between staying safe and placing themselves and others at risk while out on the roads.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care services in Farmington, NM, please contact the caring staff at CareProviders. Call Us Today (505) 322-6935. Helping Seniors be Safe, Healthy, Connected and Fulfilled.

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Ron Baca

Founder and Director at CareProviders New Mexico
Ron founded CareProvidersTM New Mexico after several life-changing events lead him to consolidate his professional, academic, and personal caregiving experience into a new transformative in-home care enterprise. Ron learned firsthand with his own family the challenges of navigating today’s health care maze. But it was as primary caregiver to his parents both aging in place until 96 years of age that he realized his past provided the perfect foundation for creating a new kind of in-home care company. Welcome to CareProviders New Mexico!

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