Many seniors are no longer able to drive themselves due to serious mental or physical conditions, and some transportation options can be expensive for those who are on a fixed income. Help your senior loved one get where he or she needs to go while staying within budget with these cost-effective solutions.
1. Public Paratransit Services
The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that public transit systems must offer services for seniors and individuals with disabilities that cover the same geographic area as other public transportation systems. Additionally, the laws also mandate that public paratransit services can charge no more than twice the amount of regular public transit. For example, if a public bus normally charges $2 per ride, paratransit services can only charge $4. Public paratransit services are less expensive than other options, but seniors must be able to get outside to the curb without assistance for the service to pick them up.
One great alternative for families is to hire a professional caregiver. For some families, caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, they can rely on professional respite care. Palm Beach, FL, Home Care Assistance is a trusted name in respite and hourly care. Our caregivers are available around the clock to assist seniors with bathing, transportation, medication reminders, exercise, and much more, allowing families the time they need to focus on other important responsibilities or just take a break.
2. Volunteer Driver Programs
Most states have a variety of programs for seniors that offer rides from local community volunteers. Drivers receive background and driving checks before being allowed to serve as volunteers for the organizations. Check with local programs for more details.
For your loved one’s long-term needs—including safe, reliable transportation—consider hiring a professional caregiver. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care Palm Beach, FL, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Though Medicare doesn’t offer transportation services other than emergency transportation, many private insurance companies have contracted with Veyo to help seniors get to their doctors. Veyo partners with both insurance companies and medical facilities to help seniors and those with disabilities receive the non-emergency medical care they need. Talk with your loved one’s insurance company or medical facility to learn if Veyo is a covered benefit. If Veyo is a contracted provider, the company will provide rides to and from medical appointments at no cost to your loved one.
4. Local Senior Centers
Many senior centers have drivers who regularly take seniors grocery shopping, to the movies, or to local libraries. Senior centers usually have regularly scheduled dates and take multiple seniors at once, so your loved one will have to plan ahead. Look into senior centers close to your loved one’s home that offer rides, and help him or her plan to go to the center on the set date.
5. Door-through-Door or Door-to-Door Services
Door-through-door and door-to-door transportation services are private transportation services that cater to seniors and those with disabilities. They operate much like taxis but are generally less expensive. The driver assists the senior in getting from the house, into the vehicle, and through the door at the desired destination. Drivers can also carry bags and load purchases and assist with walkers and wheelchairs. Some vehicles carry motorized wheelchairs. Costs vary depending on the geographic location and the distance your loved one needs to travel. GoGoGrandparent and SilverRide are both door-through-door options that are available in most cities nationwide.
A trusted professional caregiver can provide your loved one with safe transportation and much more. Palm Beach home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. Trust your loved one’s care to the professionals at Home Care Assistance. Call us today at 561.429.8292 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.