Transportation for Elderly Parents
When is the best time to find transportation for elderly parents? Five years ago was the best time to begin planning. Quickly may be the second best answer. While you may remember this famous Chinese proverb for tree planting its wisdom rings true with transportation.
Perhaps it begins with an unexpected car repair resulting in a call from an elderly parent. Whether you are five minutes or five hours away it becomes your emergency. For this reason, you want to have an ASAP. Instantly, you can call on a family member, neighbor or friend to provide a ride. Alternatively, you can request a Lyft or Uber ride from your smartphone.
With this in mind creating an emergency plan gives you an opportunity to get practice on having sensitive conversations. By sitting down with an elderly parent and creating a plan you plant the seed for future talks. As a matter of fact consider this practice for conversations on caregiving choices, end of life, and finances.
While transportation services vary in communities they follow a similar structure. Programs for adults age 60 and over often have three components.
- Taxi Vouchers – A prepaid booklet of vouchers to be used with a local taxi service.
- Volunteer Driver Programs – Rides given by community volunteers requiring reservations.
- Shopping Shuttles – A weekly shopping excursion to local businesses.
Additionally, an application and approval are required before accessing the program. When is the best time to find transportation for elderly parents? If you have specific questions about senior transportation please call or connect with me here.
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. Additionally, it’s why I wrote Freewheeling After Sixty. Freewheeling the first book to empower older adults about their transportation choices.