An important function performed by some home care aides is arranging or providing transportation for seniors. The ability to get to doctor appointments, church services, grocery stores, social events, and other destinations often depends on having transportation. Such trips contribute to a person’s ability to live independently, remain healthy, and to stay active.
Many older people do not drive. Diminished vision and reflexes may be factors for this. Also, physical limitations from illness, injury, or weakness may contribute. Often these people rely on family, friends, public transportation, and public or private ride services to take them on errands, and get them to and from places. If the mentioned ride sources are unavailable difficult to access, the person may become cut off from the community and needed services.
Some home care aides offer transportation services. Some may have vehicles that accommodate passengers in wheelchairs, while others help the passengers into and out of the vehicle, and will stow wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility assistance devices if necessary.
Home care aides can also help to arrange pick ups from ride services. The can order taxis and car services, such as Uber and Lyft, using apps or phone calls. Some communities have special ride services for older people, where buses or vans can come right to the home.
People who live in a village community, NORCs, active adult communities, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living facilities may be able to arrange transportation through a community or organization office. A local Area Agency on Aging may be able to direct seniors to sources of transportation as well.
Representative Products to Assist in Providing Transportation
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