It’s not easy to talk to elderly parents about their driving. Most seniors resent being told what they can’t do, especially by their children, and many will just refuse to give up their car, even when it’s clear they can no longer drive safely. Why the resistance? Because transportation is a critical issue for seniors, second only to their health, and many older adults feel that giving up their car is like giving up their legs; they think that if they can’t drive, they are no longer mobile.
Even so, unsafe driving does need to be addressed. According to AARP, here are a few warning signs that may signal it’s time for you to intervene:
- Delayed response to unexpected situations
- Becoming distracted while driving
- Decrease in confidence while driving
- Having difficulty moving into or maintaining the correct lane of traffic
- Hitting curbs when making right turns or backing up
- Getting scrapes or dents on car, garage or mailbox
- Having frequent close calls
- Driving too fast or too slow for road conditions
Your elderly parent may be more receptive to a conversation about safe driving if you can present them with an alternative means of transportation.
Senior transportation services enable older adults to maintain their independence while reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Incidental transportation services help seniors get wherever they need to go: medical visits, grocery shopping, medication pickups, errands, social activities, and other appointments.
With transportation services for the elderly, your loved one will be able to maintain their independence and get wherever they need to go safely and securely.
Senior Transportation Services by LivHOME
Safety is our priority. But that doesn’t mean your elderly loved one should be denied living to their fullest potential. Our senior transportation services help restore that balance. When driving is “taken away,” our incidental transportation services can fill the void, enabling your elderly loved one to continue running errands—and enabling you, the family caregiver, to save your sick days for something more enjoyable than medical appointments.
For example, if your elderly loved one can no longer drive, LivHOME can find a caregiver who will be happy to run errands or drive them to other destinations of their choice. Of course, if mobility is also a concern, our caregivers will assist with walking and transferring in and out of the car.
Aging often involves medical issues that demand frequent attention. Fortunately, caregivers can escort seniors to and from primary care, specialist, and therapy appointments.
In addition to providing transportation to medical appointments, a geriatric care manager can create a summary for the doctor, including questions that need to be answered, changes since the last visit, an updated medication list, etc. When requested, our care managers will even attend appointments, advocating for their clients and reporting back to involved family caregivers.
LivHOME caregivers can accompany seniors home after discharge from the hospital or same-day surgery. Professional transportation after discharge ensures your elderly loved one will have a smooth transfer post hospital, and their care team can be on-hand at home to provide all needed home care services, as well!
Personal Errands and Grocery Shopping
Would your elderly loved one benefit from having their own personal grocery shopper? Caregivers can provide shopping services for the elderly and help with errands, including trips to bank or post office. Seniors who come along feel less socially isolated and appreciate the opportunity to maintain the daily routines they know and love.
Personal Care Appointments
Caregivers often provide seniors with transportation to hair appointments and other personal care activities. Hiring an escort to a salon may seem extravagant at first, but it’s not. Personal care and grooming are essential to good health and help keep seniors looking and feeling their best. LivHOME is proud to offer transportation for senior citizens to and from a wide range of personal care appointments.
Picking Up Prescriptions
Many seniors have trouble getting to the pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions. Caregivers can provide transportation to the pharmacy, and they’re familiar with the ins and outs of today’s prescription drop-off and pick-up services. That means a caregiver can also help your loved one schedule their refills and ask the pharmacist the right questions, which leads to greater medication compliance.
Activities and Social Events
Participation in social gatherings, family events, and other joyful activities is essential to quality of life. That’s why caregivers offer transportation to social events. Our incidental transportation services enable your elderly loved one to maintain social independence while reducing the risks of social isolation and depression.
Why Choose Transportation Services by LivHOME?
LivHOME offers safe transportation services for seniors. Not only are our caregivers licensed, bonded, and insured; we are also very selective when hiring. In fact, only 10% of the caregivers who apply meet LivHOME’s strict hiring requirements, which include:
- DMV records check for all drivers
- Auto insurance for all drivers
- Criminal background check
- Comprehensive reference checks
You want your elderly loved one to be able to get from place to place safely and dependably. LivHOME’s affordable transportation services will help you do just that.
Comprehensive Caregiver Support
Many seniors who can no longer drive also need help around the home. LivHOME’s credentialed professional care managers can be your family’s eyes and ears, evaluating how your loved one is doing, monitoring on-going issues, and supervising LivHOME caregivers for your peace of mind. We provide comprehensive in-home caregiver support, ranging from transportation services to medication reminders, personal care, meal preparation, and light housekeeping.
Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Transportation
It’s natural to have questions about finding the right incidental transportation services for your elderly parent.
Q: Can caregivers escort my parent from door-to-door?
Yes, LivHOME caregivers are trained to assist with mobility issues. They will help your elderly loved one with walking and transferring in and out of the car.
Q: Can caregivers assist with bags, wheelchairs, etc.?
Yes, LivHOME caregivers can assist with bags, wheelchairs, etc. to ensure your elderly parent arrives where they need to be safely.