If the person with dementia can no longer drive, there are other transportation options. Even if you are the main care partner and do not drive yourself, other family, friends, and neighbours are often available to provide a lift. Some people like to offer to pay for gas to feel like they are contributing.
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- Consider using services that are closer to where you live. For example, try to go to hairdressers, pharmacies, or exercise classes that are nearby so they are easier to get to without driving. If possible, go to one place that offers many services so you only need to take one trip (e.g. a grocery store that also has a pharmacy inside).
- Try to use the same taxi or Uber driver. Having a familiar driver can make getting around easier. If there is a particular driver you like, ask for their number so you can book them again.
- If the person you’re caring for uses a smartphone, set up a ride sharing app such as Uber. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be available in your area. .
- If you or the person you’re caring for have not used public transportation in a while, consider taking some ‘practice trips’ of going to commonly visited locations. You can work out the most convenient routes and point out landmarks along the way.
Plan for a transition from driving
Make a plan to help get the person with dementia to their usual activities and appointments in advance. This will help you both to be prepared when they can no longer drive.