In your role as a family caregiver, you are likely to spend a considerable amount of time behind the wheel of a car. This is especially true if you are a member of the sandwich generation caring for both a senior parent and your children. You will need to drive to go to your parent’s home to handle care tasks, bring your children to school and activities, bring your parent to appointments, run errands, and countless other tasks. While you may feel that driving is something that you are accustomed to and that you may even take for granted, it is important to realize that this is a skill and something that could put you into serious danger if you are not paying close attention to it.
Now is the perfect time for you to evaluate your driving habits and recognize if the tiredness that you feel when handling a busy schedule is impacting your driving, and to take steps that allow you to drive more safely and responsibly at all times.
There are many reasons that drowsiness can lead to negative consequences for your driving. When you are feeling tired you are more likely to feel moody and aggressive, your vision, reaction, and judgment are all impaired, you have problems with short-term memory and information processing, and you are not as vigilant about what is going on around you. All of these translate to less effective driving and increased risk of accidents.
Some signs that you may be guilty of drowsy driving include:
• Difficulty focusing while driving
• The sensation that your eyelids are heavy
• Increased blinking
• Disconnected thoughts or the inability to keep your thoughts focused
• Difficulty remembering how far you have driven
• Not knowing how you got to a place where you have arrived
• Missing turns, signals, or exits
• Drifting or weaving
• Getting too close to other drivers
• Hitting the rumble strip on the side of the road
• Feeling particularly irritable when driving
Being a family caregiver can be challenging, but fortunately, there is help. As a family caregiver you do not have to feel that you are alone or that you need to take on all of the care responsibilities for your aging parent on your own. Home care is there to help you fill all of your parent’s care needs in a way that is right for them, while also supporting their independence and quality of life, and ensuring that you can focus on all of the other aspects of your life as well. This can be particularly important if you live at a distance or are in the sandwich generation, raising children as well as caring for your parent. The personalized services of a home care provider ensure that your parent has access to everything that they need to live the quality of life that they deserve both when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering caregivers in Washington Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.