Keep Seniors Safe on the Road with Texas In Home Care
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Motor Vehicle Safety research, about 7,400 older adults (aged 65+) were killed and more than 290,000 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries in 2016. This amounts to 20 older adults killed and 794 injured in crashes on average every day.
Clearly, road safety for seniors is an important issue that needs to be addressed, both in Denton / Southlake, Texas and elsewhere in the US.
To that end, today’s post outlines a few of the ways that ABC Southlake / Denton keeps seniors safe on the road as part of our in home care service.
In Home Care Teams Help Spot and Treat Early Warning Signs
Declining eyesight is one of the most common causes of unsafe senior driving. Spotting early warning signs can reduce senior safety risks and also increase the effectiveness of eye treatments.
Common early signs of vision loss include:
- Sudden onset of spots or “floaters” in your field of vision
- A sensation that a dark curtain has fallen across your field of view
- Sudden eye pain, redness, nausea and vomiting
- Double vision
- Sudden blind spots in one eye
- Narrowing field of view
- Gray, blurry, or distorted spot in the center of your visual field
- Poor night vision
- Halos around lights
- Less vivid color vision
Since we spend so much time tending to your loved one and monitoring their comfort levels, our in home care workers make the perfect watchdogs to spot these symptoms early. That means getting your parents off the road or into treatment before they’re ever at risk.
And should your loved one experience any of these symptoms, our in home care team can instantly connect them with eye health specialists. We can book appointments, provide reminders in the lead up, drive your loved one to and from the office, and pass on doctor’s orders and recommendations.
In Home Care Teams Increase Compliance with Texas Senior Driving Law
The Texas Department of Public Safetyoutlines a number of specific senior driving regulations that all adults 79 years or older must follow. For example, Texans aged 79 or older will be required to successfully pass a vision test and medical history review to determine whether any additional testing is required. Furthermore, unlike younger drivers who can renew their licenses online, seniors between 79 and 84 must always renew in person.
Always Best Care of Southlake & Denton can help your loved one comply with these driving laws in a number of ways. If you need a ride to the DMV for your in-person assessment, our in home care team has you covered. Likewise, if you need help organizing your medical information for review, you can count on us.
Our in home care team also promotes better eye health for seniors by preparing vitamin and nutrient-rich foods, offering “screen-free” activities, and making it easier to visit your optician/optometrist as needed.
In Home Care Teams Eliminate Unsafe Senior Driving
Without question, the number-one thing we do to keep seniors safe on the road is to take the wheel for them. By acting as your loved one’s personal chauffeur, we completely eliminate the risks of unsafe senior driving. Rather than stressing about road rules and aggressive drivers, your loved one can enjoy the sights and sounds of their community as they’re driven around Denton, Texas in the company of a qualified in home care worker.
Like the rest of our in home care services, our senior transportation service is 100% customizable and flexible. So whether you need to get your loved one to a family event out outside of Denton, or a doctor’s appointment across town, we have the answer.
Book a FREE In Home Care Consultation in Denton, Texas
Visit the Always Best Care Southlake / Denton website or call 940-241-2273 to schedule a free care consultation with a member of our team.