Transportation Alternatives for Seniors
There are many seniors who have to deal with the unfortunate issue of losing their ability to drive. Many times, this is a decision that is made for the overall safety of the senior and for other drivers on the road. However, just because a senior isn’t able to drive, it doesn’t mean that they don’t still need to get around. The good news is, there are a number of different transportation alternatives for seniors that can help them get around and get where they need to go, even if they can’t drive.
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are great options for seniors. With these types of ride services, seniors can essentially have their own driver come and pick them up and take them where they need to go. Many times, these ride services are more affordable than taxis and since every ride is called right from the senior’s phone, they don’t have to wait outside to hail a car. There are now even rideshare programs particularly for seniors in many areas of the country.
While some seniors may prefer having their own car, it doesn’t mean that they can’t use public transportation. In fact, this is one of the most budget-friendly ride options out there for seniors who need to get to all of their appointments on a budget. For seniors who are new to public transportation, you may want to go with them the first few times they use this service to make sure they are comfortable and confident.
More and more towns across the country are implementing senior shuttles for their communities. Many towns and cities know that seniors in their community need safe and reliable rides so they have established senior-only shuttles that can help make sure these individuals get where they need to go when they need to get there.
Friends and Family Members
Hiring friends and family members to drive seniors around is a great solution for older adults who can no longer drive on their own. There may be some friends and family members who are willing to give their time or consider hiring a grandchild or neighbor to drive the senior around when they need it.
Volunteer Driver Programs
There are many non-profit organizations and faith-based groups that offer free or low-cost driver programs for seniors. If your senior loved one belongs to a church or religious organization, consider looking into these volunteer driver programs to see if there are options available in your area.
Private Door-to-Door Services
If your senior loved one not only needs help driving but getting in and out of a vehicle, then there are private companies that offer door-to-door transportation services. These services are a great way to make sure that your senior loved one isn’t just getting where they need to go, but that they are getting in and out of their car and inside to where they need to go, with the support of someone who can help them. This is a great service for seniors who need walkers, wheelchairs or who may be at risk of falling.
Keep these options in mind if you have a senior loved one in your life who needs a little extra help after they have stopped driving.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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