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Then I brought it up to him again. And again a little later. I had to chip away at it a little at a time. I suppose there are elderly folks who readily agree that they're not as capable of driving as they once were and give up their keys willingly but I think they're in the minority.
Eventually my dad and I were at an impasse and we agreed to let his Dr. make the decision since my dad had an appointment coming up. We explained to the Dr. our problem and asked the Dr.s opinion. As I suspected the Dr. agreed that it would be a good idea for my dad to hang up his keys for good.
While your dad's in rehab bring in reinforcements to help you convince him. The Dr. The physical therapist. Other family members. Not snatching my dad's keys away was more respectful to him than just issuing an order that he stop driving. It must be a very difficult thing to face and it must represent all that our elderly parents have lost and are losing in their old age. I think it should be done with sensitivity and compassion. And then if you find that your dad is driving off to places unknown, then you can snatch the keys for the safety of everyone.