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    Home Care Services Sunshine Coast

    According to the US National Institute on Ageing, there are several critical indications that a senior may be losing the judgement or ability to drive:

    ● Incompetent driving at night, even if competent during the day.
    ● Drastically reduced peripheral vision, even if 20/20 with corrective lenses.
    ● Struggling to drive at high speed even if he or she drives well at slow speeds.
    ● Erratic driving such as abrupt lane changes, braking or acceleration, hitting curbs, missing turns or scaring pedestrians.
    ● Getting lost frequently, even while driving on familiar roads.
    ● Trouble reading directions.
    ● Becoming frequently startled, claiming that pedestrians or cars seem to appear out of nowhere.
    ● At-fault accidents or more frequent near crashes or dents and scrapes on the car or fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs etc.
    ● Failing to use turn signals or keeping them on without changing lanes.
    ● Drifting into other lanes or driving on the wrong side of the road.
    ● Range-of-motion issues, such as failing to look over the shoulder, trouble shifting gears or confusing accelerator and brake pedals.
    ● Increased traffic tickets or ‘warnings’ by traffic or law enforcement officers.

    Use this checklist to assess your or your loved one’s level of risk in each of these areas. A professional in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance can provide convenient transportation services so that you can maintain your lifestyle even when you need assistance.

    Home Care Services – Senior Transportation – Sunshine Coast