5 Tips For Finding Senior Transportation

Finding Rides For Aging Drivers

Can you help me get a ride? I’m 76 years old, blind and wheelchair-bound. That was the inspiration for this “How To post” for individuals and family members searching for transportation.Five Tips for Finding Senior Transportation

Five Resources to Kickstart Your Search

1. Find out the riders Zip Code – Senior transportation programs and services are often determined by geographical location. Knowing your Zip Code will help service providers identify location specific programs.

2. Be prepared – To fill out an application and provide information. Since most transportation programs receive federal funding they need documentation about the individuals they serve.

3. Eldercare.gov – First of all start with the national database for senior information. Your local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) is charged with providing services in your community. Begin the information gathering process with them.

4. Rides In Sight – In addition, call 855.607.4337 a non-profit senior transportation call center. They operate during the business hours of Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM ET. This organization gathers referrals on public and non-profit services offering senior transportation.

5. Start early – If you are reading this blog post start today rather than delaying your search. Senior transportation is often overlooked until there is an emergency. Starting now provides you with the time to create a strategy to help a loved one age with dignity in their community. In conclusion, now is the time to begin finding a ride.

About the Author

At the present time, I am the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. When you think of older adults do you see America’s largest resource?  With this in mind, I combined my background in business with a desire to influence aging in America. For this reason, I was the first Gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Furthermore, it’s why I wrote Freewheeling After Sixty. Freewheeling the first book to empower older adults about their transportation choices.

This article originally appeared on We Get Around.