Older adults with mobility issues may require transportation to go somewhere. However, looking for alternative transportation options can be a hassle, but we’ve compiled a few transportation options for older adults in this article that will be of help to you.
Ride-Sharing Smartphone App
Grab and Lyft are the names of ride-sharing apps that are available practically everywhere. Ride-sharing can be thought of as an on-demand taxi service, but usually with private cars instead of cabs. After downloading one of the apps mentioned, you can then use the app and request for a driver. It is extremely convenient as the driver can come directly to your doorstep, pick you up, and drop you off at your destination. The same method is used for your return trip.
If using a computer to order a car ride is more of your preference, there is also an option for that. GoGoGrandparent has the option for their rides to be ordered through the computer or the landline.
The method of using GoGoGrandparent is simple, dial 855-464-6872 and press 1 to request a Lyft or Uber. Ready for return? Then dial the same number and press 2, instead. The ride-sharing service will then pick you up at the previous drop-off point.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
Going to a doctor’s appointment, vaccination, or any other medical appointment, and it’s not an emergency? Then utilizing non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services is an available option. Medicare and Medicaid programs cover NEMT services. NEMT coverage is not offered by most private insurance companies, however.
Volunteer Driver Programs
There are usually local initiatives that assist the elderly in gaining access to transportation. The practice of providing voluntary transportation by community residents, where they pick up and drive older adults to their destination is supported by the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). These programs do differ greatly depending on city and state, but the CTAA website provides a map of the various programs. The rides are not charged, though passengers can choose to make a contribution to their volunteer driver.
Public Transport; ADA and Paratransit
There are fixed routes are available on public transportation, connecting to the broader area that you live in. As the public transportation system can be confusing, it is recommended to use Google Maps, on your smartphone or the computer, to plan your routes. Input your destination, click ‘directions’, select your home address as the starting point, and choose the train icon for Google Maps to show you the exact public transport route. It is highly recommended that you contact your local agency on aging, to check if there are lower fees for senior citizens for public transportation. In some cities, such as Chicago, free public senior transportation is available.
Getting to the nearest public transport location might not be viable for you, but fret not, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers paratransit, which is direct transportation to public transportation. The complementary paratransit, most of the time, is usually three-quarters of a mile from a public transit site. There are some eligibility conditions for ADA, so calling up your local public transport provider would be an option as well.
We have listed the general alternative transportation options available, and hope that you have a safe trip going to your destination and returning home.