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Home Instead launches program to help seniors make smart driving decisions

Senior woman driving a car.Senior in-home care franchise system Home Instead has launched “Let’s Talk About Driving,” an educational program through its franchise in Richmond Hill, Ont., to keep seniors safe on the road.

The program offers resources and tips to help seniors limit or stop operating a vehicle when the time is right. “Let’s Talk About Driving” includes an interactive safe driving planner that helps assess habits and provides tools to help seniors drive safely, consider options of reduction or cessation and identify alternative transit options.

“The ability to drive gives seniors freedom to do whatever they want when they want and we need to respect that independence,” says Faryar Foroodi, Home Instead’s Richmond Hill franchisee. “Proactively talking about driving allows them to take an active role in deciding when and why it should be reduced or eliminated, while keeping other drivers safer on the road.”

Home Instead conducted a survey that found 95 per cent of seniors have not talked to their loved ones about driving and 31 per cent said a recommendation from a family member or friend to transition away from driving would make them reconsider staying behind the wheel.

“We often receive calls from families after an incident occurs,” Faroodi says. “This may be a sign their loved ones need assistance maintaining their independence in and outside the home. Our hope is having these discussions and knowing the potential warning signs in advance can help ensure seniors and their families stay safe.”

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