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Worried About a Loved-One's Driving?

August 14, 2017
August 14th, 2017
Contact: Matt Gurwell, Founder & CEO, Keeping Us Safe, LLC
(Mentor, OH) - Earlier this month in Boynton Beach, Florida, an 81-year-old driver rammed her Toyota Camry into a mother and her son standing at an ATM, leading the mother to have one of her legs amputated. 
An elderly driver in Raleigh, NC, confused his brake and gas pedals and careened his pick-up truck into a Bojangles' restaurant, causing major damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries in this crash. 
Sadly, these types of preventable tragedies and near tragedies continue to occur every day across America.
In an effort to help eliminate these occurrences, Keeping Us Safe has unveiled a new program titled the "Family Empowerment Session". This in-person session is ideal for the family that believes they can handle the topic of a driving retirement with their loved one on their own, but would appreciate some direction, guidance, support and encouragement on how best to handle the discussion with their parent. 

The 1-hour session takes place in the comfort and privacy of the concerned family's home and is conducted by any one of Keeping Us Safe's Certified "Beyond Driving with Dignity" Professionals. The BDD Professional will listen to the family's concerns and will work to answer questions about their loved-one's driving abilities. 
The family will then be presented with a copy of "Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for the families of older drivers". They will be provided with a guided tour of the workbook with special emphasis being placed on the family's specific concerns. 

At the conclusion of the session, the family will be provided with the "Family Empowerment Session" Resource Guide. The guide contains such items as: 
  • Keeping Us Safe's Family Driving Agreement (as recognized by the New York Times)
  • The Dimensional Performance Recap
  • The "Invitation to Help" form
  • Driving Exercise Score Card
  • A list of local transportation options

For families that are not comfortable handling the issue themselves, Keeping Us Safe continues to offer its nationally recognized "Enhanced Self-Assessment Program" for older drivers. This is a 3-hour, one-on-one session conducted with the older driver his or herself, and includes an on-road driving exercise. The program was built on the premise that everyone (including older drivers!) wants to participate in decisions that affect them, and that very few of us will willingly accept the specific terms or even the spirit of decisions that have been dictated to them by someone else. 

Attorney Albert G. Hehr, Jr., a Certified "Beyond Driving with Dignity" Professional serving the greater Lake County, Ohio area, explains "Our new 'Family Empowerment Session' is designed to provide concerned families with the education and material they need so that they can have the driving conversation with their loved-one themselves, without outside intervention. Our goal is to provide the family with the tools necessary to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for their loved one as they slide from the driver's seat to the passenger seat."

Matt Gurwell, retired Ohio State Trooper and founder of Keeping Us Safe, explains "Our programs provide concerned families with the missing link between their desire to bring this issue to a peaceful resolution, and their ability to actually do so."

To schedule a "Family Empowerment Session" for your family, a self-assessment session for your loved-one, or a presentation for your business or organization, contact Hehr at 216-661-7710 or by email at ah2@aghehr.com

Keeping Us Safe's programs are available nationwide. To learn more about their programs, call 877-907-8841 or visit the Keeping Us Safe website at http://www.keepingussafe.org.

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