En español | 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.
Other options might include:
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. Search by the topic ‘Transportation’ then enter your zipcode to filter results.
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.
6) Taxis and rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. Check in advance about the level of door-to-door assistance the driver can provide to elderly passengers.