Senior Care in East Haven CT
Many family caregivers aren't aware that there are special tools made to enable their elderly loved ones to more easily use cars both as drivers and as passengers. Here are just a few of the types of tools your loved one might find handy.
Entering and Exiting Aids
Getting into and out of the car can be difficult for an elderly loved one with arthritis or other health conditions. One of the easiest assistive devices for your loved one to use is probably a swiveling seat cushion. This helps her to spin her body so that she can get into and out of the car more easily. Other tools to look for include car handles that fit into the loops inside the door frame or strap handles that fit around existing handles.
With the advent of technology, there are a lot of additional vision aids for your elderly loved one. The most obvious is of course backup cameras or even cameras you can mount on all four sides of the car. These are widely available as aftermarket accessories and they're easy to install. You might also want to consider blind spot mirrors or wide angle mirrors that help your loved one get a better view all the way around.
For some elderly drivers, grasping and dealing with small or stubborn items is especially painful. You might want to consider key turners that make turning keys a lot easier or even special gas caps that are easier to use and to turn. If your loved one's steering wheel is thin, it can be painful to hold it. Consider a steering wheel cover makes the wheel easier to hold.
It's no secret that your loved one can lose a few inches of height as she ages, and that can make a big difference behind the wheel, too. She might need special wedge cushions that help her to see over the wheel or she might even need food pedal extensions. These help her to reach the pedals easily without having to move the seat too close to the steering wheel and the airbag. Your loved one's seat belts might not fit the way they used to because of height differences, too. There are special straps you can install that make them more adjustable.
Some of these devices may be something that your loved one needs even if she doesn't drive anymore. Talk to your loved one's senior care providers about what assistive devices they already use in the car when your loved one is a passenger and that way you know what you might still need.