Transportation challenges - 4 ways to find your ride

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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 some cash.

Here are a few suggestions, a division of the Administration on Aging. 1 Check with your local Area Agencies on Aging or Aging and Disability Resource Centers to see if you qualify for fare assistance programs 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 difficulties.

Keep in mind with any service, it requires some planning ahead and scheduling appointments.

Reference: 1., Choices for Mobility Independence Guide, Transportation Options for Older Adults

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