A number of elderly people experience some sort of mobility issue that makes of going out a challenging experience. Since not a great percentage of seniors can drive they have to rely on other transportation solutions. We would like to share some of these alternative methods and the providers.
The situation one would expect is that the caregiver could run the errands or transport your loved one to his/her appointments. The reality for many of us is that the chance of hiring a caregiver provider is slim due to the costs and family members do not always live close enough. So that is why seniors should know about their options when it come to find transportation assistance. Also, if your loved one is fortunate enough to have a caregiver, there could be times when they want to have some freedom and go out on their own.
There are some non-profit institutions, or churches, that have volunteers that are willing to assist seniors concerning their transportation issues, whether is to run an errand or a visit to their physician. This kind of assistance might consist of one-way trips or multi-stops schedules. The cost might vary from a donation up to a minimum price per mile. Be aware that if you decide to go for these kind of services you will have to make a reservation in advance.
Agencies, whether the are private or public ones, will offer transportation services to a small number of people with mobility issues. The kind of vehicles will be vans or minibuses and you will usually have to share the ride with up to 25 people. In most cases these vehicles are suited for people with lack of mobility and accessible for handicapped people. The price will be a fixed one independent of the distance traveled. This service will drop their client and then pick them up at a given time. Since this service has got a lot of demand you should also book their service in advance.
Public Transportation System
Public buses, metro or trains are part of the public transport and they are also an option for seniors to use, but you should be aware that these services are better for elderly people that can get around on their own. There are some benefits for senior citizens that use the public transportation system; discounted fairs or coupons are some of the benefits they might have.