If you care for an elderly parent or loved one, there’s one conservation you surely dread. It’s the car-key conversation – the one where you tell them they should stop driving. According to the website Caring.com, 36% of adult children find this topic harder than discussing funeral plans or selling the family home.
That’s why 40 per cent who know they should be talking about driving with their parents – aren’t. The experts say you should observe your parent’s driving closely, and consider sharing your concerns with your parent’s friends and doctor. And while it might seem extreme, many experts recommend filing an unsafe-driver report with the authorities if all else fails to persuade an elderly driver that the time has come to hand over the keys.
Take into account that no amount of preparation makes this discussion easy, because it is the awkward start of the reversal of roles within a family. The parents will become the children, and the children, the parents.