For occasional trips, consider asking friends and family to volunteer — or pay them to provide regular rides. Sometimes senior organizations, churches and synagogues have volunteer drivers. And there are always taxis, although drivers may not assist elderly riders door to door.
Here are other options:
1) Private car service. If your loved one need rides with assistance on a consistent basis, consider contracting with a reputable private car service where arrangements can be made in advance.
2) Residence transportation services. For those living in care facilities, ask about transportation provided to residents for weekly shopping trips or other social outings.
3) Dial-a-ride, van services and ride sharing. Often these services are run by transportation companies or nonprofit organizations and operate along specific routes. To find a service in your area, use the Eldercare Locator.
4) Public transportation. Depending on your loved one’s health and options in your community, taking the bus, subway or train can be a viable option — perhaps after a few test runs together.
5) Paratransit. This system of buses, vans, cars and trains caters to those who are unable to use regular public transportation. Contact your transit provider to determine eligibility.
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