Health professionals can identify and address health causes of driving problems, explain how conditions and medications can affect driving, suggest resources and help explore options.
The older adult or you can ask about driving during a medical appointment. If you want to be part of the discussion, ask the older adult if that's OK. If it is, ask what role the older adult wants you to play during the appointment. Should you write down information, ask questions or support them?
Collecting information beforehand helps health professionals better understand the older adult's situation. For example, is the older adult:
General questions to ask health professionals include:
If the older adult or you have multiple concerns or questions, ask if you can schedule a longer appointment with the health professional. When you make the appointment, tell them you want to discuss driving.
If you want a health professional to help you convince the older adult to drive less or stop driving, ask for the professional's opinion beforehand. They might not agree with you about the older adult's driving abilities.
Many health professionals avoid telling their patients that they can't drive. Health professionals may feel that they don't have enough information to decide about their patients' driving, or may not want to damage their relationship with their patients.