Senior Citizens Transportation Services

Among the many skills that can fall through the cracks as one ages is the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. While this may not be a big deal to those who have a partner who still drives, or have access to family member who can run errands or gladly take a senior to doctor appointments, it is a major loss of freedom that you might take for granted until it is gone. Fortunately, however, in many cities and counties, there are senior shuttle services and senior citizens transportation services that can help you get around, for a very small cost.

A search in your local Yellow Pages under “shuttles” will help, as will phone calls to your doctor’s office, your church, your local hospital or your best friend can help you find information on shuttle services and transportation options that can even come to your door. Of course, you probably need to live near a fairly large city center to avail yourself of the most comprehensive transportation options, but many counties have subsidized programs that can come out to your farm or ranch and pick you up for doctor’s appointments, and for runs to the grocery store and pharmacy. It is a matter of doing some research, either by yourself, if you are Internet savvy, or with the assistance of a friend or family member who has access to the Internet and can do some simple Googling.  Look up search terms such as “________ county senior shuttle services” or “_______city senior transportation” for information on routes, fares, and grants that allow free shuttle services to certain cities and counties. Your local social services office probably is a good source for information, too.  Additionally, websites like GeriCareFinder.com provide an all-in-one approach to their database.  From there you can put in your region and search local transportation services easily.

You can also look into services your church may provide, and ask about services through local nursing homes and retirement communities. Other good resources include your local Red Cross, and senior activity centers, where bulletin boards often give good information on transportation options, and car-pooling is offered. While you’re there, ask members how they get around and you might be surprised at some of the ideas that are offered, including reduced taxi fares, and pharmacy/grocery carpooling.

Contact your state’s area Agencies on Aging or State Aging Services Agency. They can put you in touch with senior citizen centers and give you an idea of the senior citizens’ transportation services options that are available in your area. These federally-funded organizations know exactly who is getting money for what community services, and how to best utilize each service for yourself including meals, glasses, activities, in-home nursing services, and companions for shopping, gardening or just hanging out. Especially valuable sources of information and interaction are Aging Services’ Senior Centers, which offer health and wellness programs, arts and humanities programs, intergenerational programs, employment assistance, community action opportunities and social networking, transportation services, senior rights counseling services, meals and nutrition programs, financial assistance information, and leisure travel programs. Larger senior centers in major metropolitan areas offer even more services; if you live in a major city, research your options.

To find out what senior citizens transportation services are available in your area, visit www.GeriCareFinder.com.

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