Senior Care Authority(R), an eldercare consulting and assisted living residential placement service, locally operated by Patrick & Tina Kershaw, announced the launch of Beyond Driving with Dignity in Kansas City, Mo. Beyond Driving with Dignity is a nationally recognized program that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their concerned families. The “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program is designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with this very challenging issue.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 20 older adults (65+) are killed and almost 700 are injured in traffic crashes every day. The Beyond Driving with Dignity training and certification program was designed to help senior drivers and their families work through the complicated issue of age-related diminishing driving skills.
Beyond Driving with Dignity helps an older driver make a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat. The program also ensures that the individual can maintain as much independence as possible. Senior Care Authority’s Patrick and Tina Kershaw want to ensure that their clients and families receive guidance through the difficult decision of when a senior should cease driving. “It isn’t easy telling someone you love that it’s no longer safe for them to drive. The Beyond Driving with Dignity program gives them the information they need, and every opportunity to hang up the keys on their own terms. If they decide they should keep driving, your family will get an objective third-party opinion in agreement or disagreement, which they can use to justify the right decision,” Patrick Kershaw explained.
The founder of Beyond Driving with Dignity, Matt Gurwell, saw firsthand the need for a program of this kind while serving as an Ohio state trooper. He created the program to help families navigate what can be a difficult and emotional conversation, and ultimately to reduce the number of unnecessary and avoidable death notices state troopers have to deliver.
“Not all seniors need to stop driving, but many families aren’t sure when or how to make that decision for their loved ones,” said Gurwell, “Our program allows families to remove the emotional aspect from the conversation and make a decision together, based on the facts. We want a mutually-made decision with the senior.”
For more information about Beyond Driving with Dignity please visit their website: https://www.seniorcareauthority.com/locations/kcmo/pages/beyond-driving-with-dignity/
About Senior Care Authority
Senior Care Authority(R) was founded in 2009 and currently serves 75 locations in 28 states. The network consists of professionally trained and experienced local advisors who assist families with the overwhelming challenges associated with selecting the best options in assisted living , memory care, nursing care , and navigating through a complex healthcare system. Learn more at seniorcareauthority.com.
Patrick and Tina Kershaw
1221 W. 103rd Street, Suite 110 – Kansas City, MO 64114
Senior Care Authority – Kansas City, MO
1221 West 103rd Street
Disclaimer: The views, suggestions, and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Feature Georgia Heralds was involved in the writing and production of this article.