National Caregiving Month and The Importance of Independence

An older adult and their adult child speak through a plexiglass partition with a healthcare staff member.

The Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (ChORUS) observes National Caregiving Month each November to recognize and honor the contributions of caregivers who provide care and support to family members or friends. This month, ChORUS wants to raise awareness about the critical role caregivers play in ensuring the well-being of older adults, and the unique challenges they face.

One of the most significant challenges for a caregiver can be ensuring the safety and independence of older adults. A major component of this is the driving safety of older adults during National Caregiving Month and beyond. As people age, their physical and cognitive abilities may decline, which can affect their driving skills. This makes it crucial for caregivers and families to monitor and support their loved ones in maintaining safe and competent driving habits.

Caregivers can help their loved ones and others on the road by staying informed about their medical conditions and ensuring regular vision and hearing checks.

Additionally, maintaining safe driving habits preserves the independence and quality of life for older adults. Being able to drive allows them to continue to engage in social activities, access healthcare, and run errands independently. This self-reliance can significantly contribute to their overall well-being and mental health.

By promoting and supporting safe driving habits, caregivers can contribute to the well-being and independence of their loved ones while also enhancing road safety for everyone. To learn more about caregivers and the driving safety of their loved one, visit the ChORUS Family Members/Caregivers guide.