Traveling by car is challenging for seniors and caregivers
Traveling by car can be challenging for seniors. Whether they drive themselves or you’re playing chauffeur, simply using a car can be difficult. This can be caused by health conditions or the physical changes of normal aging.
For someone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, or mobility issues, the difficulty level can be exponential. It may even take multiple people to help them safely into and out of a car.
Why it’s important to make car travel easier
This is important because most seniors travel by car, especially when visiting the doctor. This usually means frequent car struggles for both seniors and caregivers.
All seniors benefit if they have an easier time traveling by car. Seniors who can drive will feel more independent and confident. Those with mobility issues won’t have to go through such an exhausting ordeal.
Getting around more easily also helps seniors be more connected with family and friends, preventing the negative effects of isolation.
6 simple auto aids make cars easier for seniors
We found 6 simple auto aids that are inexpensive, but solve the seemingly little problems that can make car travel so frustrating.
1. $5 Grab and Pull Seat Belt Reacher
For those with arthritis or limited shoulder / torso mobility, it’s hard to reach up and pull the seat belt down. This reacher attaches to the seat belt and makes an extra long handle.
FYI: The picture above isn’t of this product, but it shows how it’s used.
2. $10 Seat Belt Extender
With limited mobility, it can be difficult to get the seat belt buckled. This seat belt extender makes it easier to reach and buckle up properly for a safe car ride.
DailyCaring tip: Make sure to get the right size extender to fit your car’s buckle.
3. $13 Buckle Bopper Seat Belt Aid
For people with arthritis or limited hand and thumb strength, unbuckling the seat belt can be frustrating. This aid makes it easier to undo a standard seat belt.
This only works on the buckle where the button is on the flat surface. You squeeze the whole thing and the rubber tip pushes the button in.
4. $17 Seat Buckle Guard
Sometimes people with Alzheimer’s or dementia unbuckle their seatbelts while you’re driving. Dangerous! This seat buckle guard is a good solution. Just stick your key in to pop the buckle open.
This guard doesn’t allow your senior to unbuckle themselves in case of an accident or emergency. But it may be worth the risk if they frequently unbuckle themselves while you’re driving – a more immediate danger.
5. $22 Seat Swivel Cushion
This cushion has a base that swivels. Seniors can just sit down, then easily swivel their legs into the car. No more struggling to lift legs and turn at the same time. It also makes it much easier for someone who’s helping them into the car.
DailyCaring tip: If the car has bucket seats, place a towel on the car’s seat to fill the gap and allow the swivel cushion to sit flat.
6. $30 HandyBar Auto Standing Aid
This removable handle fits securely into almost all driver or passenger side car doors. It’s a non-slip grip hand hold that lets seniors boost themselves up and out of the car. Works for up to 350 pounds.
Traveling by car doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. These smart tools make getting around easier for your senior and for you.