Having the driving conversation

Have a conversation early on if there are any concerns about driving safety. Indications that it might be time to have the driving conversation include starting new medications that affect cognition, worsening eyesight, or other physical limitations that could make driving unsafe.

Driving and transportation

Driving is a key source of independence and agency for many people. The person you care for may drive themselves to appointments, the grocery store, and social events such as church or meals with friends

Have a conversation early on if there are any concerns about driving safety. Indications that it might be time to have the driving conversation include starting new medications that affect cognition, worsening eyesight, or other physical limitations that could make driving unsafe.

It's important to help the person you’re caring for find ways to continue to do the things they love while also reducing the risk of harm that driving may pose. If the care team has recommended that driving stop or be reduced, these tips will help in recognizing and easing any sense of loss. 

Make a mobility and independence plan: Make a list of where the person goes and how they get there, then brainstorm alternative transportation methods. Maybe they can grocery shop with a friend or neighbor. Consider a local rideshare service for doctors appointments. 

Discuss medication side effects with your care team or pharmacist if medications are the  only reason that driving has become unsafe. For example, some medications may cause blurred vision or fatigue. There may be alternative medications or other options.

Source:

CDC MyMobilityPlan

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