5 Inexpensive Transportation Alternatives for Aging Adults

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Many seniors have to give up their driver’s licenses due to failing vision or reduced motor coordination, while others have never owned a car in the first place. There are plenty of affordable transportation options for seniors that can help them maintain their independence and mobility. Here are five great options.

1. Public Shuttle Service

Many local governments offer affordable transportation designed specifically for seniors. These services are usually free or low-cost, and they cater to the needs of aging adults by providing door-to-door shuttle rides to destinations ranging from grocery stores to doctors’ offices. Before hiring a shuttle, make sure the service caters to your aging loved one’s mobility level. Some local governments offer additional wheelchair-accessible services for disabled seniors. In some areas, shuttle services are known as the paratransit system. 

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. Fort Myers, 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. Private Shuttle Service

While public paratransit services are often affordable, they also tend to be busy. Research private dial-a-ride and van services, which usually follow specific daily routes. Seniors may be able to find a weekly shuttle that fits their schedule. These services vary in price, and they’re run by nonprofit organizations, charities, and specialty transportation companies. Many are relatively affordable and convenient. 

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 Fort Myers, FL, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

3. Public Transportation

For seniors who are capable of navigating public transportation services, such as buses, metros, and trains, many local governments offer senior discounts. Seniors can purchase low-priced tickets if they have government-issued IDs. Local governments may also offer senior assistance programs, which help aging adults get the most out of the public transportation system. They may have helpful senior-friendly guides and maps equipped with large fonts and easy-to-read directions.

4. Ride-Sharing Services

For tech-savvy seniors, ride-sharing services are a quick and easy way to get a ride on short notice. Uber and Lyft are the most popular options. As with most transportation services, seniors and caregivers should inquire about door-to-door assistance policies before hailing a car. Some drivers may not be equipped to assist seniors with mobility issues. For seniors who aren’t comfortable hiring a car with an app, there are also senior-friendly concierge services, such as GoGoGrandparent, that connect them with the appropriate ride services. With these services, your loved one can call a toll-free number to request a ride, and the service hires an on-demand driver who meets your loved one’s specifications. These services also offer additional safety measures. For example, you can opt to receive text notifications about your loved one’s ride.

5. Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services

NEMT (Non-Emergency Medical Transportation) services transport seniors to non-emergency medical appointments. These services often use special vans and shuttles capable of accommodating wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Some of these services partner with healthcare providers, which means seniors with specific insurance plans receive NEMT transportation from their insurance providers as a transportation benefit. Contact your loved one’s insurance provider and inquire about transportation options.

A trusted professional caregiver can provide your loved one with safe transportation and much more. Fort Myers senior 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. To create a customized home care plan for your loved one, call 239.449.4701 today.