Family Empowerment Classes

This in-person class is ideal for the family that believes they can handle the topic of  driving retirement with their loved one on their own, but would appreciate some direction, guidance, support and encouragement on how best to handle the discussions with their loved-one.  We help you avoid the common pitfalls families fall into when trying to convince a loved-one to stop driving.

 

The Family Empowerment Class is a two-hour class that takes place in various locations and times (see event calendar). The classes are conducted without the loved-one present and is instructed by a Keeping Us Safe’s Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals (BDD). The BDD Professional will take the families through the methodology the BDD professionals use when performing the Enhanced Self-Assessment in the loved-one’s home which ultimately gets us to the recommendations we advise (link to that). We will listen to the family’s concerns and will work to answer questions about their loved-one’s driving abilities. 

 

These classes are designed to teach you how to determine their skills and safety level based on facts, not on opinions; void of emotions and family dynamics. Our goal is to get the family members who have the responsibility of “being the bad guys” to have this most important talk in a manner that allows the loved-one to retire with dignity and ensures a successful transition into driving retirement. The class will help the family members get on the same page, with the same message and show a united front. The class environment consists of other family members struggling with the same issues as you.

This class is designed for you if any of these apply to your situation:

  • Are you unsure if mom or dad is still safe enough to drive and not sure what would determine a complete cessation from driving? 

  • You absolutely know mom or dad shouldn’t be driving but you don’t know how to have the conversation or get the other family members on the same page as you, so you do nothing and hope for the best?

  • Did mom or dad have a recent health event such a stroke, a fall, surgery or a cognitive diagnosis and you don’t know if they are safe enough to continue to drive?

  • Were you hoping someone else will take the keys away like the doctor, DMV or the police, but it hasn’t happened so it’s really up to you and you want to do it the correct way that is dignified for your loved-one?

  • Will mom or dad fight you, throw objections your way or make you feel guilty and you are dreading this most important conversation?

  • Do you fight with your sibling because they think it’s still ok for mom or dad to drive, but you don’t?

  • Do you think it’s easier to just take the keys away or tow the car away but know the statistics show that is a detrimental to their health, such as social isolation to do it this way?

  • Are you at a loss on other forms of transportation for your loved one?

Family Empowerment Sessions 

This in-person session is ideal for the family that believes they can handle the topic of a driving retirement with their loved one on their own, but would appreciate some direction, guidance, support and encouragement on how best to handle the discussions with their parent.  

 

The 1-hour session takes place in the comfort and privacy of the concerned family’s home, without the loved-one present and is conducted by a Keeping Us Safe’s Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals (BDD). The BDD Professional will listen to the family’s concerns and will work to answer questions about their loved-one’s driving abilities.  

 

The family will then be presented with a copy of “Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for the families of older drivers.  They will be provided with a guided tour of the workbook with special emphasis being placed on the family’s specific concerns.  

 

At the conclusion of the session, the family will be provided with the “Family Empowerment Session” Resource Guide. 

 

The guide contains such items as:

  •  Keeping Us Safe's Family Driving Agreement (as recognized by the New York Times) 

  • The Dimensional Performance Recap 

  • The "Invitation to Help" form 

  • A Driving Exercise Score Card

  • A list of local transportation options and additional resources