December 6–10 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, and Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services in Southwest Broward County is recognizing the importance of driver safety. This holiday season, Seniors Helping Seniors® is helping to keep everyone safe on the roads by offering safety advice for older drivers.
This week of awareness, launched by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), has been established to promote the importance of mobility and transportation for older adults, and to ensure they can remain active while doing what they love. “The ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional and cognitive health,” the AOTA said. “Although changes are a part of normal aging, they occur individually and at different rates and times.”
Strategies to Ensure Older Driver Safety
Transportation is too often the barrier that prevents seniors from living their lives the way they would like to — but fortunately, there are a few key strategies that drivers can use to ensure their safety. The AOTA lists out some key details that can help promote transportation safety, ranging from simple conversations to fully-structured strategies:
- Anticipating personal cognitive changes that can affect driving
- Having conversations with family about potential concerns
- Screening and evaluations with a therapist (or caregiver)
- Having compassionate interventions with seniors over serious concerns
- Staying engaged with the community, with or without a car
What Alternative Transportation Options Are Safe and Reliable for Seniors?
Broward County public transportation for seniors is a useful alternative for older drivers to safely get around. Broward County has some options available at no cost or for a reduced rate for eligible riders.
When public transportation is not the ideal option, getting transportation and companionship from a Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver is the best safe, convenient, and reliable alternative for seniors living in Southwest Broward County, FL. Our friendly, compassionate caregivers come right to your door and can accompany you anywhere you need to go. We offer many more services as well.
If you or any senior you know would like assistance, we are here for you. Call us today to learn more.
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with transportation along with companionship and some good conversation, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, running other errands, and so much more.
We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®
We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.