When your parents are still able to drive when they’re well into their retirement, it’s great but also stressful. You worry about them being out on roads with today’s distracted drivers. Consumer Reports recently released their top picks of cars for senior drivers. They based their picks on features that help elderly drivers, build quality, and safety features.
Here are five of the best cars for the elderly.
One of the big draws to Kia is the low base price. The 5 year/60,000 base warranty and 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty don’t hurt. Front, side, and side curtain airbags are one of the reasons this model gets good safety ratings. It also has stability control and a backup camera.
Some models have autonomous braking, a collision warning system, and lane departure warnings. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alarms round out the safety features.
The Kia Sportage is a small SUV with a base price of just over $23,000. Like the Soul, it has a backup camera, lane change and rear cross-traffic alarms, and computerized emergency braking. It adds parking assist and steering wheel paddle shifters for quick gear shifts. Your parents are also likely to love the heated seats in the winter.
Among the many senior-friendly features in the Subaru Forester, your parents are sure to love the heated steering wheel and car’s ability to memorize seating preferences. With the touch of one button, the seat automatically adjusts to the driver’s favorite position.
Responsive headlights adjust as the car turns a corner to make sure visibility is a top priority. There’s a rear backup camera with automatic braking. Alarms also alert drivers to cross traffic, blind-spot traffic, and lane drifts. Finally, there’s STARLINK that automatically notifies authorities in case of a collision.
If a sedan is more to your parents’ liking, the Legacy is a great choice. The four-door sedan comes with all the perks offered with the Forester. Glass is laminated to reduce noise, and the design is very aerodynamic. Drivers get up to 34 miles per gallon with this sedan. Heated seats are available for the front and back seats.
Looking a little more like a station wagon than an SUV, the Outback is a good choice for seniors who want a higher car when it comes to getting in and out, but they don’t want the smaller size of a sedan. The Outback has all-wheel drive, which is handy in areas where winter driving can be challenging. The safety and comfort features of the Forester and Legacy are all available in the Outback.
When your parents can no longer drive, elderly home care services can help. Caregivers step in and drive your parents to appointments, stores, and area businesses. They can also help with meal preparation and household chores. Call our home care services agency to find out more about home care services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.