If you don’t realize that your senior is having trouble driving, you might not know that it’s time to talk to her about hanging up her car keys. These are some of the bigger issues that let you know it’s time to have the driving conversation with your aging adult.
Confusion While Driving.
Confusion is never a good sign when driving. Everyone has been confused about directions or a wrong turn, of course, but the kind of confusion you’re looking for is about more common driving tasks. For example, if your senior can’t remember which way to switch the turn signal for a left turn, that’s a bad sign. Likewise if the pedals or signs are confusing.
If your senior is forgetting where she’s headed while she’s on the way there, she may not be able to navigate well on her own. It’s possible that she knows this fact and is covering it up by asking people to be her copilot while she concentrates on driving.
Distraction While Driving.
Playing with the radio or fiddling with her mirrors while she’s driving can be an indication that your senior is distracted behind the wheel. She may also be paying much more attention to what’s going on outside the car by way of sight-seeing or watching pedestrians instead of traffic.
Ignoring the Rules of the Road.
Being able to drive safely means that your senior is not only paying attention, but she’s also following the laws that govern motor vehicles. If she’s ignoring traffic laws, this is not only dangerous but it can result in her acquiring quite a few tickets that can be extremely costly.
Evidence of Bad Decisions.
It’s possible that you’re not in the car with your senior as much as you would like to be, especially if you’re concerned about her driving. In this case, looking for evidence that your senior is having trouble may be your best recourse. This can take the form of scrapes or other damage to the vehicle itself.
Offer your senior other options besides sitting at home on her own. Hiring home care providers, for example, can provide companionship and also ensure that she has a driver when she needs one.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.
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