It’s time for your elderly loved one to give up the car keys, but how will he or she get around to doctor appointments, errands and social activities? Even if you live out of the area or your senior lives in a rural area, there are more transportation solutions available than you think.
To collect transportation resources for your senior, start with the following:
- Talk with family and friends. Many relatives, neighbors and community friends are honored to serve as a volunteer driver for older adults. Create a list with names, contact information and availability.
- Research local transportation programs. Community organizations such as Silver Key and United Way offer seniors free or low-cost rides or accept donations. The local Area Agency on Aging is one of the best places to start when seeking a transportation provider. The national nonprofit Independent Transportation Network connects with dozens of ride programs across the country and charges membership dues and fees based on mileage. Many para-transit groups use mini-buses or small vans and offer discounted prices to seniors and the disabled.
- Consider private ride services. Right at Home is a leading home care agency that provides transportation for senior clients who need reliable door-to-door travel assistance. Some senior centers, health facilities, malls and local businesses offer transportation to the elderly either complimentary or at a reduced rate. A private taxi or car service is another option.
- Look into public transit. Most large communities offer subways, buses, passenger trains and light-rail trams and often at lower rates for older adults.
What transportation services do you recommend for older adults?
An award-winning journalist who has documented stories in nearly 20 countries, Beth Lueders is an author, writer and speaker who frequently reports on diverse topics, including aging and health issues for both U.S. and international corporations.