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The Transition from Driver to Passenger

There will come a time in every senior’s life when they need to make the transition from driver to passenger. Whether due to failing eyesight or a change in mobility, it’s important that the transition from being someone who can drive, to becoming someone who needs to be driven, is handled sensitively and compassionately by the senior’s family. If you are unsure of how to help, Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton offers some tips on how to make your aging loved one’s transition a little bit easier.

  • Expect Resistance – While some seniors accept that they can no longer man a vehicle, many will protest and insist that they are still capable of driving. It is important for families to expect some level of resistance when broaching the topic of one’s driving ability. However, by expecting your loved one to retort, you can prepare what you’ll say, which can help in managing his or her emotions and reactions. You want this to be a conversation, not a fight.
  • Focus on the Facts – If you think it’s time for your loved one to give up the keys, it’s likely because you’ve noticed something that has threatened their safety. From additional scratches or dents on the bumper to numerous parking or speeding tickets, these can be telltale signs that your loved one is no longer safe on the road. When you speak to them, focus on these facts and how they are putting their safety and the safety of others at risk.
  • Understand their Emotions – Even when you know there will be resistance and you are ready to focus on the facts, it can be difficult to predict how a conversation will go. Always remember how your loved one is feeling when they are asked to give up their keys. Driving is often a privilege and when it is lost, it is often associated with a loss of freedom and independence. Keeping this in mind when you talk to your loved one can help ensure that you keep a level tone, while approaching the topic with sensitivity and compassion.
  • Give Alternatives – If your aging loved one can no longer drive themselves, it’s important to ensure that they have a reliable source of transportation. If your senior loses their ability to drive but consistently feels like they are able to go where they want, when they want to, the transition from driver to passenger will be a lot of easier. Make yourself as available as possible, ask friends and family to help, or consider hourly home care in Boca Raton. This service can offer reliable transportation for errands and personal events and also includes help with housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminder and more.


The transition from driver to passenger can be hard for many seniors to accept, but if you handle the topic sensitively and compassionately, you can help your loved one accept his or her situation. For more information about risks indicating the need for help at home, contact the Boca Raton live-in care experts at Home Care Assistance. Call 561-826-9282 to speak with a Care Manager and learn more about our in-home care services and schedule a complimentary consultation to further discuss individual care needs.