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That Near Miss Was an Opportunity to Focus on Safety behind the Wheel when You’re a Caregiver

Caregiver in Tempe AZ

When you agreed to be a caregiver for your aging father, you didn’t know quite what to expect. You knew he needed Caregiver in Tempe AZhelp from time to time and that he was dealing with certain physical conditions, but you figured stopping by a couple of days a week to check on him would be more than enough.

In reality, things turned out to be much different. The more you stopped by, the more he needed help. The more you reached out to support him, the more he seemed to call and ask for assistance with other things. It got to the point when it began to affect your work, relationships, and other aspects of your personal life.

You found yourself driving a bit faster, rolling through stop signs, gliding through yellow lights that were turning red. You began grabbing a quick bite to eat on the way, trying to juggle food on your lap as you weaved in and out of traffic. In short, you were becoming a more dangerous person out on the roads.

Then just the other day you might have been looking down, trying to pick up a french fry that had fallen over, grabbing your phone to check a message from a coworker or even your father, and then by the time you looked back up the blaring taillights in front of you indicating traffic had come to complete stop startled you into slamming on the brakes. By the time you finally came to a stop within mere inches of the car in front of you, and you had an opportunity to swallow your heart back down where it belongs, you could breathe a sigh of relief knowing you had just avoided a near disaster.

That near miss is an opportunity for you to address the situation more carefully. You were distracted while behind the wheel. That’s because you don’t feel as though you have enough time during the day to get everything done. April is Distracted Driving Month and for any family caregiver or other person working with an elderly client, it’s important to remain focused while behind the wheel.

Distracted driving has gotten a lot of attention lately, but mostly for texting and distractions caused by cell phones. There are many ways to be distracted behind the wheel. Trying to eat while driving. Trying to read the newspaper. Attempting to apply makeup or fix your hair. Having a conversation with somebody in the seat next to you and constantly looking over at them while they talk.

For the busy family caregiver, distracted driving is incredibly dangerous. If you feel you are overwhelmed with the work your aging loved one requires, sit down and talk to them about hiring a professional home care provider. It can be tremendously beneficial for them and it can also help you avoid another near miss in the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.