Putting the Care Back into Healthcare
Saturday, October 12, 2013 • 1:00am
PUTTING THE CARE BACK INTO HEALTHCARE
TO SEND A QUESTION, PLEASE MAIL OR EMAIL TO:
ARISTACARE AT CEDAR OAKS, 1311 Durham Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080,
Attn: Vimla Parboji or email Vimla directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vimla will make sure the appropriate professional/specialist answers your question.
My Dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He has been getting lost a lot lately and last week he ended up on his neighbor’s lawn while attempting to park in his driveway. How do I discuss with him the possibility of giving up his car before someone gets hurt?
Thank you for your important question. Alzheimer’s disease causes a decline in a person’s cognitive abilities which will eventually necessitate the need for the individual to stop driving. This subject needs to be broached carefully because for many driving represents independence and by taking away the opportunity to drive you are essentially takes away the person’s independence. The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) offers many wonderful suggestions on this subject.
The first step is to have a supportive conversation with your Dad. Explain to him in a loving yet direct manner what your concerns are. Tell him that you are concerned for his safety and for the safety of others. You may acknowledge the difficulty of giving up his car while appealing to his sense of responsibility to others. Offer him alternative transportation such as arranging rides, cabs, buses, etc. If your Dad does not react positively to your conversation, you may have to have his Dr speak to him about this matter and have the Dr tell your Dad that he can no longer drive safely. Taking away the keys, somehow disabling or removing the car should be a last option. You may have to be creative in this matter but please remember to always maintain the dignity of the person with Alzheimer’s.
Miriam Schenker, LNHA, CSW, CDP
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Vimla’s role at AristaCare at Cedar Oaks is Physician and Community Liaison and she does exactly that. She is an integral part of our Marketing Team and connects with our physicians on a weekly basis and also the community through internal and external events sponsored by AristaCare. She was born in
Guyana, South America and has lived in Edison for the past 14 yrs. She graduated Rutgers with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is recently married and in her spare time loves to read, watch a good movie, cook, and be active outdoors. Vimla will make sure that the appropriate professional at AristaCare at Cedar Oaks will answer your healthcare questions, so be sure to send them in!!
The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TheAlternativePress.com or anyone who works for TheAlternativePress.com. TheAlternativePress.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.