Idaho Families Struggle With Decision - When To Take The Keys From Mom & Dad?

MH900442259[1]Remember the freedom you felt asa teenager when you learned to drive? If yes, then you can appreciate howdifficult it is for elderly loved ones to relinquish that sense of freedom.Imagine how hard it is for them to accept the fact that they can no longer havethis liberty.

For so many who have stepped into oversee or care for an elderly loved one, the most dreaded transition thatis so often fought is from driver to passenger: how do you make mom or dad giveup the car?

For some guidance on handlingthis common, but difficult life transition, read a recent Forbes article titled “TrueStory: The Prominent Dad With Dementia Who Refused to Stop Driving.”

In these cases, when your lovedone is very strong minded, the article suggests consulting the help of theirdoctor and – although you may not want to go there – law enforcement ifnecessary. A doctor can contact the Department of Motor Vehicles and, if yourstate allows it, request a re-test before your elder’s license renewal date.

Bear in mind that theconsequences of not taking action are far worse than dealing with an offendedelder. It is more important to protect your family member before they end uphurting themselves or others on the road. 

At Idaho Estate Planning, we understandthe challenges faced by elder Americans. We have the experience and expertiseto help you maintain your options and protect yourself as well as your lovedones now and into the future. Remember, good planning is no accident.


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