Due to a recent stroke your aging mother has trouble getting around and can no longer drive. For many seniors turning over the car keys for good is a serious blow to their dignity and independence. Because mom has limited mobility, you’ll need to find ways to safely transport her where she needs to go. As a caregiver transporting an elderly parent can be challenging at times, especially when they also have physical and/or cognitive issues. If you’re currently in this situation, here are some ways to transport your senior parent more safely.

Potential Problems when a Senior Stops Driving

Roughly 600,000 elderly Americans stop driving every year, and usually it’s because of declining health. When that happens to your parent, it becomes much harder for them to make it to doctor’s appointments, shop for necessities and socialize with friends and family members.

According to an article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors who no longer drive are placed at higher risk for:

  • Cognitive decline
  • Social isolation
  • Having to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility
  • Chronic physical health problems

Oftentimes the responsibility of transporting an older parent with limited mobility falls upon the shoulders of a close family member.

Safely Transporting a Senior with Limited Mobility

As a caregiver getting an aging parent into and out of a car can sometimes be dangerous for the both of you. Here are some tips for making the process go more safely and smoothly:

  • Look for possible slip or trip hazards.
  • Be sure that both of you are wearing shoes with non-skid soles.
  • Position your feet shoulder length apart.
  • Keep your head and body upright whenever possible.
  • Lower your hips to their height by bending at the knees.
  • Carry their body weight as close to your center of gravity as possible.
  • Getting as close to them as possible, bear their weight on your forearms.
  • Lift with your legs and not with your back.
  • When lifting don’t tw