Getting around town comes easy to those with a set of
wheels—problem is—not everyone has a set. And for some people, it means relying
on others for a ride. Depending on where you live, public transportation may
help you get from point A to B. But did
you know there are programs in place that help defray the cost of public transportation?
For qualified people, including low income older adults and
people with disabilities, public transportation vouchers could help you save
Here are a few suggestions fromElderCare.gov, a division of the Administration on Aging.
Check with your local Area Agencies on Aging or Aging and Disability
Resource Centers to see if you qualify for
used with public transportation.
The organization also suggests asking about
volunteer driver programs. Usually sponsored by local non-profits, senior
centers or faith-based organizations, these ride services offer inexpensive, if
not free transportation. Plenty of seniors rely on these services for trips to
the grocery store to the doctor’s office.
Option three—ask if your community offers
ride shares, which works like a car
pool service. A local senior center may be able to assist you with the request.
Last but not least— consider
door-to-door service-a good option for people with significant
mobility limitations who need a ride, and extra assistance with their grocery
bags or doctor visits. The service
includes a driver who transports you to the grocery store or doctor’s appointment
and stays with you as a companion or personal assistant. This kind of service
works well for people with mobility issues, limited vision or speech
Keep in mind with any service, it requires some planning
ahead and scheduling appointments.
Reference: 1.http://www.eldercare.gov/ELDERCARE.NET/Public/Resources/Brochures/docs/Trans_Options_Panels.pdf, Choices for Mobility Independence Guide, Transportation Options for Older Adults