Many people move into assisted living Florida when ready to no longer drive. But what happens when your loved one wants to bring their car with them? If you’re considering moving into assisted living, you may have already asked this question: can I bring my own car? Let’s talk about whether your loved one can bring their car with them or not once they move into their new home.
Are They Ready For Driving At A Certain Age?
If your loved one is over the age of 65 and they want to bring their vehicle with them, they must first pass a driving test. If they fail this test, they will be required to surrender their driving license. If they pass it, then there’s a chance that they can keep driving in Florida.
However, if your loved one is over 70 years old and has not been convicted of any traffic violations within the past three years, then he or she may be able to drive without being required to take a written exam or proving vision acuity.
It’s important to know if your loved one can see clearly, hear well and think clearly before allowing them on the road—especially if they’re struggling with dementia or another medical condition. They should also be able to maintain their vehicle without assistance and handle stress while driving (like heavy traffic). Finally—and perhaps most importantly—your loved one shouldn’t have any conditions that would impair his or her ability behind the wheel (such as heart disease or diabetes).
Do They Have Other Transportation Options?
Your loved one may have a long distance to travel or be unable to drive due to their age or a disability. If that’s the case, you’ll want to consider whether they have other transportation options for getting around. If your loved one wants to bring their own car, does it make sense for them to do so? Can they take other transportation services instead? Do they have a disability that makes traveling by car difficult or dangerous? Or do they live in an area without adequate public transit options and thus must drive themselves?
If possible, talk with your loved one about what vehicle would be best for them—and whether they should continue driving!
What About Medical Conditions?
You are not responsible for determining if your loved one is medically fit to drive. That responsibility falls on the doctor who has been treating them for their medical condition(s). If you have any concerns about your loved one’s ability to drive safely, contact the physician and ask them to provide a letter stating that they can drive.
If your parent refuses this request or tells you that their doctor won’t give them such a note, then another issue may be in play here—and you mustn’t ignore it. In other words, if your parent refuses medical treatment or refuses to follow their doctor’s advice (for example, by refusing blood pressure medication), they could be putting themselves in danger while driving others around them.
It’s important to consider what you want to do if your loved one wants to bring their car to assisted living in Florida. Whether or not they can drive is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Many options are available, like driving lessons for seniors and adaptive driving devices like power steering and brakes. We hope our information helped you make the right choice for your loved one!