Latest studies have verified that older drivers are more inclined than any other drivers to be in auto accidents.
Some states are now requiring driving tests for elderly or for folks who have been in three or more mishaps in one year, mandatory. This is because senior drivers are more inclined to either being injured or killed. Statistics show, our aging loved ones are more frequently 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. Some see this as inequity, while some others see it as a peace of mind and a way to know for sure that their loved one will be safe while on the road. Many people, especially those with senior family members, are already aware of the probable hazards.
An amazing alternative for keeping your senior parent or loved one safe is to use a home care agency that furnishes transportation. Home care agencies not only make available transportation but more importantly they provide the chance for seniors to keep their independence. This also prevents seclusion and allows them to continue to get around to their own doctor appointments as well as run their own errands.
You will find quite a few different ways to find out how to get assistance in your community. Contact 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 range of flexibility.
However, if you are more 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.
Care Connection provides home care in East Lansing MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today.